Is the following question correct?

"Have you ever gotten hit on the nose by someone?"

Meaning the following:

"Have someone ever hit you on the nose?"

  • The sentence is perfectly idiomatic, and I've heard similar in conversation countless times. As a written sentence, it has a slightly young or uneducated feel, though.
    – Jonah
    Mar 21 '16 at 3:25
  • Well maybe the uneducated feeling it's because that's what I'm an uneducated person trying to learn (: thank you for you comment sir. Mar 21 '16 at 3:45
  • I wasn't trying to criticize you, but only to answer your question. And I didn't mean to imply it would make you sound like a rube or anything. It really does sound fine. It's just the kind of phrasing I'd expect to hear more often from a teenager than from an adult.
    – Jonah
    Mar 21 '16 at 3:50
  • Ok Jonah, it's all good it didn't feel like if you were criticizing but making a point and answering my question. Thank you very much once again. Mar 21 '16 at 4:31

Yes, the OP's question is correct grammatically; it conveys the same sense as the second question.

Has someone ever hit you on the nose?

This sentence is in the active voice. It can be changed into the passive as follows:

Have you ever been hit on the nose by someone?

If you want to be informal in your conversation or writing, you can use 'get' instead of 'be' to form the passive as follows:

Have you ever gotten hit on the nose by someone?

  • Thank you Khan your answer it is very clear It has gotten me out doubts. Mar 21 '16 at 20:28

Although your sentence is understandable

Have you ever gotten hit on the nose by someone?

a better way to phrase it might be

Have you ever been hit on the nose by someone?
Have you ever been punched in the nose?

in the latter sentence, "by someone" is implied since it would usually be understood that a person would do the punching (except possibly if kangaroos were involved).

  • Thank you very much Peter. Now let me tell you something I was taught that get equals be in passive voice but I'm not sure if that question is in passive voice. ): can you tell? Mar 21 '16 at 3:13
  • Can someone tell me if my first example is in passive voice? Mar 21 '16 at 3:40
  • Yes it is passive voice, "Have you ever been hit by someone?"
    – Peter
    Mar 21 '16 at 4:32
  • Wait a minute Peter that's your example and I was asking about my example "have you ever gotten hit on the nose by someone" Mar 21 '16 at 4:48
  • It's the same, you're just using get instead of be. Having said that, try not to use gotten, "Have you ever got hit on the nose?", "Yeah, I got hit on the nose once, with a baseball." which has a US Midwestern kind of dialect to it. I was taught early on: "Don't say gotten 'cause it rhymes with rotten."
    – Peter
    Mar 21 '16 at 5:00

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