In a movie I have just watched, the following sentence appeared after a guy was kidnapped:

Guys, you got me confused with somebody else..

I understand that but at the same time, I am not sure what usage of "get" is that, even after I have gone through all dictionary entries for this word, so I guess it is quite informal. Why not just "you confused me with somebody else" or "you must have confused me with somebody else...".


"Get" is often used transitively in casual conversation to mean "cause to become". You have got me scared; he has got me worried. The conversational tone was, presumably, considered appropriate by the scriptwriters. It is in Oxford Dictionary's list of meanings for "get":

3 Reach or cause to reach a specified state or condition.

Get (Oxford)

  • I only know that in examples like "he got fat" or "he got scared", which I can rephrase as "he became fat" or "he became scared". In this example, though, it does not seem to work that way. In your examples, is "has" necessary?
    – John V
    Feb 17 '19 at 21:06
  • "Has" may or may not be necessary, depending on whether the simple past (he got me worried last Tuesday; I am not still worried) or present perfect (he has got me worried in the last ten minutes; I am still worried) is being used. These are often ignored in casual speech, as in your example. Feb 17 '19 at 22:40
  • Thanks. As "get sth" done has also the meaning of arranging that somebody does something for you, could "He got me scared" understood like this: he hired some thugs to scare me on my way from work. ?
    – John V
    Feb 18 '19 at 6:44
  • "He got me scared" is sufficiently ambiguous that I would prefer something like "he hired some thugs to scare me". Feb 18 '19 at 17:25

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