Let's say I got a new group of students, I told them who I am, my name, and they did the same. Would it be appropriate to say the following?

Now that we know each other, let's get started with class.

Now that we get to know each other, let's get started with class.

Is there any difference between the sentences? By the way, would be better to say let's get started with the lesson?

  • Now that we have been introduced, ... – Weather Vane Jul 8 '19 at 19:16
  • Is it correct to say "let's get intriduced to each other"? Does that sound natural? – Dmytro O'Hope Jul 8 '19 at 19:33
  • No, better to say "let's introduce ourselves". – Weather Vane Jul 8 '19 at 19:34
  • What if I add "to each other", for example: "Let's introduce outself to each other", would it sound natural as well? – Dmytro O'Hope Jul 8 '19 at 19:42
  • The title of your question uses got but the body of your question uses get. – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Jul 8 '19 at 20:30

The first sentence is fine.*

If you want to use the second sentence, you need to correct the tense.

The action of getting to know each other has been completed, so you should not use the present tense (get to know). Since the action has just been completed, you should use the present perfect:

Now that we have got to know each other...

Or, in American English:

Now that we have gotten to know each other...

* Some might say that learning someone's name is not the same as knowing the person - which typically involves learning more and more personal information about the person.

  • Isn't gotten a bit colloquial? "Now that we have got to know each other." – Weather Vane Jul 8 '19 at 19:11
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    @WeatherVane, it's normal in American English. Would you say "we have got to know each other" in British English? – Juhasz Jul 8 '19 at 19:19
  • The view from here is in every English dialect except US country dialect. – Weather Vane Jul 8 '19 at 19:20
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    Interesting. It's Standard American. english.stackexchange.com/questions/5531/… – Juhasz Jul 8 '19 at 19:32
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    And here's one with "have gotten to know": nytimes.com/2018/09/15/travel/… – Juhasz Jul 8 '19 at 19:42

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