Is there any differences between these sentences:

  1. I get contacted by clients all the time
  2. I am contacted by clients all the time

I heard people using both before. For me, I always use 2. If both are wrong, how do I change the sentence?

  • People say both of those. Number 2 sounds a bit more professional, perhaps? But there really isn't much difference, and no one is going to think you odd if you say the first one.
    – MarielS
    Nov 20, 2020 at 18:43
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    @MarielS: I suggest the opposite! As a general principle, using get as an "auxiliary" verb like this tends to be slangy / colloquial (I made much the same point yesterday). Nov 20, 2020 at 19:17
  • In other words, you sound like a native speaker. The get passive is perfectly normal. Nov 20, 2020 at 19:27
  • @FumbleFingersReinstateMonica yes, "get" sounds more slangy. hence why I said that using "am" sounds a bit more professional. but both are commonly used by native speakers and should be fine in conversation.
    – MarielS
    Nov 20, 2020 at 20:25
  • @MarielS: My mistake. Dunno how I misread your first comment - somehow I thought you were saying "get" was "more professional". I agree with you completely, including the second comment (and John's point about "sound like a native speaker", since in practice we're not usually trying to sound more professional anyway). Nov 21, 2020 at 12:42

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It depends on how formal you want to be.

In American speech and informal writing a form of “get” followed by a passive participle is completely acceptable and means the same thing as a form of “be” followed by a passive participle.

In formal writing, the “be” form is used almost exclusively.

In short, you can use either informally in the U.S.

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