• My phone doesn't get charged.
  • My phone doesn't get charge.

Which statement is grammatically correct here?

Actually, I don't know the use of get/got.

  • My phone got charged.
  • My phone gets charged.

Which one is correct here? And why?

  • If I read your question correctly, I must say it has already been addressed at the “Your order has shipped” thread. Whether that is the right interpretation or not, it needs further clarification. The get/got secondary question is of a standard suitable for ELL, not this site. Dec 28, 2013 at 10:28

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If you’re referring to financial rather than electrical matters, ‘my phone doesn't get charged’ means that no debit is made to your account. ‘My phone doesn't get charge’ is ungrammatical.

‘My phone got charged’ and ‘My phone gets charged’ are both grammatical, but whether they are appropriate can be judged only by the context.

This use of get is known as the get-passive. It is rare, but occasionally found in conversation, and even then mostly with just a few other verbs.

  • Can you give me an example to show the difference between gets charged and got charged?
    – hellodear
    Dec 28, 2013 at 9:24
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    Gets charged is present tense, so you might say ‘My phone gets charged every month.’ Got charged is past tense, so you might say ‘Last week my phone got charged for a call I didn’t make.’ Dec 28, 2013 at 9:26
  • What are the other places at which I can use get? I am asking just to make myself clear on this "get".thanks.
    – hellodear
    Dec 28, 2013 at 9:28
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    The get-passive is mostly used with married, hit, involved, left and stuck. Dec 28, 2013 at 9:34
  • And, What if I am talking with the reference of electricity matters? Then, how will I say that?
    – hellodear
    Dec 28, 2013 at 9:36

I would avoid the get construction entirely.

  1. If you mean it is malfunctioning, write:

    My phone won't charge.


    My phone doesn't charge.

  2. If you mean you don't pay for it, write:

    My phone isn't billed.


    I am not charged for using my phone.

  • in which reference have you used this "charge" here. Can you take any other example because charge is confusing me.
    – hellodear
    Dec 28, 2013 at 9:51
  • I hope my edits have made this clear.
    – aeismail
    Dec 28, 2013 at 9:56
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    @hellodear2: Many verbs in English behave rather surprisingly: I melted the butter <==> The butter melted. She closed the door <==> The door closed. We cooked the turkey slowly in the main oven (<==>) The turkey cooked too slowly in the smaller oven. The direct object in the transitive usage can (with some verbs) be made the subject in a transformed intransitive sentence. The latter usage is called the 'ergative' usage. With your example: I charged my phone yesterday (<==>) My phone's so old it charged very slowly. (I've tinkered with the latter two pairs to make them sound more natural.) Dec 28, 2013 at 11:03

1.My phone doesn't get charged is correct.It might mean that there is something wrong with the phone. 2.My phone doesn't get charge is grammatically wrong.Because it's not passive. 3.My phone got charged is correct.It means someone charged my phone. 4.My phone gets charged is also correct. (The different between sentence 3 and 4 is like the difference between past and present) and about your example: I charged my phone yesterday is correct. But My phone's so old it charged very slowly is wrong. You should write (It gets charged very slowly)

  • Or It charges very slowly I don't know anyone who would say it gets charged very slowly unless there is a charge time setting on the charger that you can set to "Slow" (Trickle) or "Fast (Quick)"
    – Jim
    Dec 28, 2013 at 21:03

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