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I have seen a question asking if we can say

You can pay when the order gets ready

and everyone said that 'is' should be used. My question is can we use 'cancelled' and make it passive?

You don't need to pay when the order gets cancelled (by us).

Also what if I say

You can pay when the order gets ready by us.

Is this correct?

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Idiomatically, a person can get ready (i.e. for something), but an order cannot.

Confusingly, both a person and an order can be ready, but the person is ready because they prepared themselves, while an order is ready because someone or something prepared it.

As such:

You can pay when the order gets ready

No, use is: "You can pay when the order is ready."

Alternatively:, "You don't need to pay until the order is ready."


You don't need to pay when the order gets cancelled (by us).

Yes, although I would use if instead of when: "You don't need to pay if the order gets cancelled (by us)." When implies that cancellation is the normal state, while if implies that this is an abnormal state.

Alternatively: "You don't need to pay if we cancel the order."


You can pay when the order gets ready by us.

No, this just reads wrong. You might say "You can pay once we have got the order ready," but this is still a little awkward to my eyes.

Alternatively: "You don't need to pay until the order is ready." (again)

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In the second expression "gets" can be used. However "gets" can't be used in the third example.

There is a problem with the use of "when" in the second example. It suggests you strongly believe that the order will be cancelled; this seems unlikely. Use "if" instead.

The last sentence is wrong. "get ready" is a phrase. It means "prepare oneself", and doesn't have an object. You can't say "I get ready the order". You can say "I get ready for work". It would be possible to say "I get the order ready", so "You can pay when the order has been gotten ready by us." is grammatically correct. However, it is a horrid, unnecessary and ugly use of the get passive.

A natural way of expressing this is:

You don't need to pay until the order is ready.

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