What is the exact difference between

  1. Making someone tired
  2. Getting someone tired
  3. Having someone tired
  4. Tiring someone out

1,2, and 3 are used when you are doing something to or on someone against their will but I am confused about 4th one, tiring someone out is also something that is against the will of someone I mean no body wants to feel tired willingly. So what is the exact difference between these sentences?

  • Neither 2 or 3 sound correct in US English.
    – stangdon
    Sep 5, 2018 at 17:54
  • @stangdon Then what about 1st and 4th? I mean do they have similar meaning? Sep 6, 2018 at 13:57

1 Answer 1


Let's take a look at each sentence.

  1. Making someone tired

You would use this like "This work is making me tired" or "Listening to Phillip was making him tired". It isn't exactly about doing something to someone against their will; it is just about something having an effect on someone: the subject is causing the object to be tired.

  1. Getting someone tired

This is not idiomatic or fluent. We do use get with tired, but we would use it like this: "I am getting tired" or "Jonathan was getting tired of listening to Phillip". Getting in this sense just means becoming. We don't usually use it transitively, like "This work is getting me tired." The use of "get adjective" seems to be very tricky for English learners, so I recommend that they avoid it until they have studied it thoroughly.

  1. Having someone tired

This is also not idiomatic or fluent. Don't use it.

  1. Tiring someone out

We would use this like #1. "This hard work is tiring me out" or "Listening to Phillip was tiring Jonathan out." It's more informal than #1, and also implies "very tired" or "completely tired".

  • @J.R. O.k I will keep that in mind. Sep 10, 2018 at 16:34

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