When "get" is followed by an infinitive, it means "manage" or "have an opportunity".

He is getting to be a naughty boy.

It means "he manages to be a naughty boy" or "he has an opportunity to be naughty boy".

Am I correct?


No. Getting to be is a different idiom from those two meanings. It means becoming, or starting to be, or increasingly being. It's usually in a continuous form (is/was getting to be), though it does occur in other tenses.

  • Ex: (he is starting to be a naughty boy) right? – King of Night Sep 28 '19 at 11:40
  • Yes. Or "he is becoming naughtier". – Colin Fine Sep 28 '19 at 14:07

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