I'm not a native speaker of English. I would like to know if these sentences are correct and what their differences are. Thank you!

  • Don't be confused with this matter.
  • Don't get confused with this matter.

  • Don't try to solve it, you will be confused.

  • Don't try to solve it, you will get confused.

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The word get is used in your examples in the sense of become.

First, to be confused with something is an unusual expression. We are more often confused by or about a matter/issue/intention or whatever. However, it's perfectly grammatical.

Leaving this aside, there is very little distinction between the senses of be and get in your examples. For most purposes, they are interchangeable.

However, get confused implies a process of becoming confused over a period of time, whether minutes, hours or weeks, possibly as a person becomes more involved in a subject or issue.

Be confused simply states that the matter in question is confusing to someone without suggesting the process of becoming confused.


You are basically asking about the comparison of "be" and "become" (the meaning of "get" in the two examples).

"Becoming" is the process something takes to "be": To become confused, I need to not be confused beforehand.

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