So, I wanted to discuss something with my friend after he finished doing the dishes, so I said,

Get free first, then we'll talk.

But now I think it is not correct and "be free first" would been better? What do you think would have been the right sentence in this context?

1 Answer 1


"Get free" is correct in your example sentence.

"Be free" doesn't make sense. It sounds like "gain your freedom", not "become available", which is what you intend.

  • Right. And if I rearrange it as "we'll talk after you are/get free", which one would be correct here?
    – Frank
    Dec 12, 2022 at 4:02
  • @Frank They're both fine. It's the command "Be free" that has the idiomatic meaning of "gain your freedom". Otherwise it has the normal meaning of become available.
    – gotube
    Dec 12, 2022 at 4:11

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