Can we use got in this case? Is it right and usual?

after that meeting I got enthusiastic about traveling

  • Say, why do you think we can't? – SovereignSun Nov 16 '17 at 16:47
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    Yes, it's fine. But many would say it's a bit more "informal" than synonymous became. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Nov 16 '17 at 17:08
  • Tnx, cuz I search it on the Google and I didn't find any convincing result. – Farid S Nov 16 '17 at 17:37

In your example, "got" is appropriate to use.

I got enthusiastic
I got tired
I got hungry

has more a feeling of a quick change, in contrast to

I became enthusiastic
I became tired
I became hungry

The common phrase

I got it!

is often used to signify grabbing/grasping something quickly, like an idea, in a "light bulb moment"


I got enthusiastic about travelling.

The above sentence is correct grammatically.

You can use the verb get as a linking verb in the sense of becoming; it links the subject (l) of the sentence with the adjective enthusiastic. Some examples are:

He is getting ready.
It's getting late.
I got tired when I was working in the garden. It's got dark now.

  • It might be a good idea to mention that "gotten" is an alternative past participle to "got," Americans will usually say "It's gotten dark now," while British usually prefer "got". – BobRodes Nov 17 '17 at 4:46
  • @BobRodes, I think Americans don't use gotten as a linking verb. – Khan Nov 17 '17 at 5:12
  • I'm an American, and I do. I would say that it has gotten dark, for example. – BobRodes Dec 2 '17 at 4:48

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