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LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) sometimes gets used as a synonym or shorthand for Active Directory® itself.

Question: Is "Gets" usage in this sentence correct? Can we omit 'Gets' and rephrase as below?

LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) sometimes used as a synonym or shorthand for Active Directory® itself

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  • No. I'm not sure on the exact terminology to make this a proper answer, but you need either "sometimes gets used" or "is sometimes used".
    – elliotcm
    Apr 22, 2021 at 10:17

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You cannot omit gets because then the sentence would have no main verb.

This sentence is an example of the passive voice, specifically the get-passive. The get-passive is used with the verb to get and a past participle: get married, get called, get elected, etc. In this case, "LDAP" is getting used by someone else as a synonym.

If you omit gets, it's not a passive construction anymore and looks like an active construction, like "Sarah used the screwdriver to open the box." But then as a synonym doesn't make any sense, because the beginning of the sentence is saying that LDAP itself was using something else.


Get is also a very informal way of saying this, and overuse of get is a hallmark of English learners. In this case, is used as a is much, much more common than gets used as a.

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