1

I have the next sentence

They didn't change their content, they kept tweeting the same as usual, but suddenly, the white guys noticed they were getting called the n-word all the time and they were getting the worst kind of online abuse, whereas the black women all of a sudden noticed things got a lot more pleasant for them.

Is "they were getting called" correct or a author made a mistake and he should have used "they were being called"?

  • 3
    In US colloquial English get very often replaces be as the passive auxiliary. – StoneyB Oct 21 '15 at 12:50
  • 1
    It's not a "mistake". Using get instead of be in such contexts is probably more common in AmE than BrE, and to my mind it's slightly more "informal, colloquial", but essentially it's "normal usage". – FumbleFingers Oct 21 '15 at 12:50
  • 1
    I'd call it common but wrong. – G. Ann - SonarSource Team Oct 21 '15 at 21:25
1

In formal writing, this would be wrong and it should be "being called" or simple "were called".

In informal writing, this wouldn't necessarily be wrong: "getting" replacing "being" is, as mentioned in a comment on the question, a reasonably common colloquial usage in the US: or at least in certain areas in the US.

In British English it would almost always be wrong unless being deliberately used as slang.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.