What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences:

  1. Shall I get her to wait outside?

  2. Shall I get her waiting outside?

I am not sure of using "get" correctly.

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Generally the form used here is "get (someone) to do (something)". An action is needed in the predicate.

  1. Shall I get her(someone) to wait outside(to do something)?

However "waiting" is a state, not an action. So you cannot use it as written in example 2. However using a verb that describes state, like to be, you could say:

How long will you be waiting outside?

  • I got Joe, now you gotta get Jane. Ok, but she runs outside every time I get near her. She waits out there until she thinks I'm gone- Hmm, Shall I get her waiting outside? Is that legal?
    – Jim
    Commented Oct 18, 2015 at 21:14
  • @Jim Nope. "Shall I get her while she is waiting outside?"
    – user3169
    Commented Oct 18, 2015 at 21:59

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