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Tara2
Posted: Monday, December 04, 2017 2:27:36 AM

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Hi,
I don't understand why 'get' is used.

"If you could get that report finished by tomorrow I'd be very grateful."

I think only 'finished' is enough, like this:

"If you could finished that report by tomorrow I'd be very grateful."





thar
Posted: Monday, December 04, 2017 2:37:28 AM

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Look at you verb - it is a modal, which is followed by a bare infinitive.

You could say:

...if you could finish that report...


But there is more than that.
To get something done is to make sure it is achieved.
This is not a request to finish the report.
It us an instruction that it must be completed and the whole jobs done.


http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/get%20something%20done
Tara2
Posted: Monday, December 04, 2017 3:59:56 AM

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thar wrote:
Look at you verb - it is a modal, which is followed by a bare infinitive.

You could say:

...if you could finish that report...


But there is more than that.
To get something done is to make sure it is achieved.
This is not a request to finish the report.
It us an instruction that it must be completed and the whole jobs done.


http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/get%20something%20done


Thank you,
Sorry, why did you say "look at you verb"? Should it be "look at you the verb"?

'Finish' itself means 'that it must be completed and the whole jobs done', not need using 'get'.

This information comes form Cambridge Dictionary:
Get meaning ‘cause something to happen’
When we use get + object (o) + -ed form, we say that we cause something to happen or to be done. It is a less formal way of saying have something done


Is it also fit here?
thar
Posted: Monday, December 04, 2017 5:41:40 AM

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Sorry, typo typed in haste on touchscreen. I meant 'your verb'.


'Finish' by itself does not have that intensified meaning of "Get it finished!"
It makes a stronger statement.


No, here they are not arranging for someone else to do it. They are doing it themselves.

But look at the synonyms in the link: accomplish, achieve, resolve, win.
This is about the importance of completing the action.
The action is finishing the report.


Tara2
Posted: Monday, December 04, 2017 7:46:43 AM

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thar wrote:
Sorry, typo typed in haste on touchscreen. I meant 'your verb'.


'Finish' by itself does not have that intensified meaning of "Get it finished!"
It makes a stronger statement.


No, here they are not arranging for someone else to do it. They are doing it themselves.

But look at the synonyms in the link: accomplish, achieve, resolve, win.
This is about the importance of completing the action.
The action is finishing the report.




I appreciate your help.
Thanks a lot.
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