What is the difference between "get" and "go" when expressing states?

For example, "She is getting crazy" vs "She is going crazy".

and "I'm getting online to check my Facebook" vs "I'm going online to check my Facebook"?

According to my research, it seems that "get" can be used for both positive and negative feelings, for example, "she is getting upset" and "she is getting excited".

And "go" is normally used for negative feelings, for example, "She went insane"

However, "go online" doesn't carry native meanings.

Also, "get" is often used in continuous tenses and "go" might not be used in continuous tenses, but I am not sure.

Finally, I think we can only remember phrases by phrases, there is no way to make sense of them.

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    We usually use get or become with states. Go crazy (or other words suggesting insanity such as insane, mad, berserk) seems to me to be a special usage. I think go online is a different usage of go. When you 'go online', you are putting yourself in a metaphorical 'place'. Mar 17, 2021 at 9:12

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Q. what is the difference between “She is getting crazy” and “She is going crazy”?

I would suggest there is not only a difference between get an go (as explained below) but even with the use of crazy.

crazy adjective (NOT SENSIBLE) crazy adjective (ANGRY)

crazy; mentally ill:

"She is getting crazy" = She is getting emotional

Here I would suggest the meaning is not the same as going crazy = insane I would suggest getting crazy means getting a bit wild, excited, or possibly annoyed. However without context it is difficult to determine.

"I'm getting online to check my Facebook" = I'm preparing to be online to check my Facebook

get verb (EMOTION) or get verb (BECOME ILL WITH)

get verb (PREPARE) get verb (START TO BE)

"She is going crazy". = She is becoming crazy

"I'm going online to check my Facebook"? = I'm to use the internet to check my Facebook

go verb (BECOME)

go verb (START) to start doing or using something:

All Ref CED crazy

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