Are the below sentences passive?

  1. my car got stolen?
  2. to get dressed.

It is possible to use "to get" instead of "to be" in passive voice, for any tense and verb?

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    Yes; get-passives are an informal alternant to be-passives. "My car got stolen" is okay. But "We quickly got dressed" is an adjectival passive, not a verbal one,
    – BillJ
    Commented Feb 22, 2020 at 11:09

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the "to be" verb can be used in active and state verbs, while the "to get" can be used with action, not state verbs.

the glass was broken. (action verb)
the glass got broken. (action verb)
my car got stolen.

But, "to get (un)dressed, get married, get lost" are expression, and not in passive voice.

  • "The glass was broken" is ambiguous between a verbal passive and an adjectival one. If it denotes an action (someone or something broke the glass) it's verbal, but if it denotes a state (the window was in the state resulting from prior breaking) then it's an adjectival passive.
    – BillJ
    Commented Feb 23, 2020 at 8:07

More correct to say, "My car was stolen from the parking lot." "Got stolen" would be considered slang.

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