"I worked hard and later on I got succeeded" ?

Question: Someone told me that I cannot use the word succeeded with got. Is this correct?

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    Your informant is correct. Succeed is an intransitive verb and does not take an object, so it cannot be cast in the passive -- which is the sense of this use of get. – StoneyB on hiatus Jun 14 '15 at 14:00
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    Actually context is very important here. "Succeed" can also mean "take the place of someone/replace." The sentence on its own may mean: "[Although] I worked hard, later on, somebody replaced me. [I feel that this is very unfair]." We need more context. On its own, it's fine. Unless the OP wants to say "[Because] I worked hard, later on, I was successful", in which case this is wrong – Au101 Jun 14 '15 at 14:37
  • @Au101: would you regard him in "I succeeded him" as the direct object of a transitive verb "to succeed"? – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jun 14 '15 at 15:06
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    @TRomano: Yes, I think so. merriam-webster.com/dictionary/succeed, oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/succeed, thefreedictionary.com/succeeded. It is equivalent, surely, to "I replaced him", "I superseded him", etc. I have no problem with "Mikoyan was succeeded by Nicolai Podgorny" (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_leaders_of_the_Soviet_Union). Mikoyan got succeeded. It may not be how I would put it, but I would certainly accept it. – Au101 Jun 14 '15 at 15:17
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    @TRomano I agree with you that "got succeeded" is a little unusual. It may be (pure speculation) that the use of "succeeded" in this context is quite high brow and formal, while the use of "got" is quite colloquial. To be fair to all concerned, I would not recommend that a learner use this specific phrasing. However, I think it's actually perfectly parsable and if I ever saw it, I would not think of it as a mistake. So if the OP used this in the context I gave - or heard it in this context - then I would say: it's fine it makes sense, but maybe it should be put differently next time. – Au101 Jun 14 '15 at 15:33

The person who told you is correct. The verb to get is often used to convey a passive meaning and replaces the verb to be that you would normally use in that case.

Now, since the verb to succeed is not a transitive verb (you cannot succeed someone/something), it cannot be used in the passive sense here. So, you cannot say I got succeeded. What is correct is I succeeded.

Verbs that are transitive can be used with to get, allow me to illustrate with another example:

The man got killed in the car accident.

But this would be incorrect, since to die is not transitive:

*He got died in the car accident.

Since the verb to die is intransitive, it does not take an object and be turned into a passive. Correct would be:

He died in the car accident.

I hope this makes the difference clear.

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True, "got succeeded" is not correct. Instead you could say

I worked hard and later succeeded.


I worked hard and later had success.

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"I worked hard and later on I got succeeded" ?

To be succeeded by X means "to be replaced by X because X is better or newer."

The by X may be omitted if it is unknown, or obvious from context.

What @Sander says about get replacing be is correct.

So if the speaker really meant this, then it makes sense (assuming that it's obvious from context who/what succeeded the speaker):

"I worked hard and later on I was succeeded"

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