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Which sentence is correct?

Their study might be hampered.

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Their study might get hampered.

  • Using get there is fairly common, but to my ear it sounds just that (in the sense of common = uneducated, unsophisticated, slangy). You should probably avoid it. – FumbleFingers Oct 2 '18 at 17:39
  • get + a state or condition: get rich, get poor, get finished. – Lambie Oct 2 '18 at 19:39
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We tend to use be when referring to circumstances that restrict or limit (as distinct from those which completely put an end to something).

The study will be hampered by {something}.

The choice of be is possibly the result of the fact that to hamper means to slow something down, to limit its progress or viability, that is, it does not have a sense of completion. In the get + {past participle} pattern, the verb whose past participle is used tends to be one that does have a telic sense:

The construction project might get slowed by zoning regulations. marginal— be slowed would be better

The construction project might get slowed down by zoning regulations. OK, if colloquial

The construction project might get resisted. marginal at best

The construction project might be resisted. OK

There, in get slowed down, the word down conveys an aspect that borders on perfective.

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