Difference Between Take and Get

There are many words in English that may have similar meanings or ideas in a particular context but can change the complete meaning of the sentence in which they are used. Thus although certain words may appear interchangeable, the changing of words can result in the sentence conveying a completely different meaning.

Take vs Get

The main difference between taking and Getting is that Take is used when the subject of the sentence is active in the completion of an action. Get on the other hand is used when the subject of the sentence is not the performer of the action, rather is the receiver of the action.

Take and Get

Take is used in sentences where the action in the sentence is being performed by the subject of the sentence. Thus it indicates the direct performance of an action, which is being completed by the subject of the sentence. Some of the examples of the usage of Taking are, Take the book, etc.

Get is used in a sentence when the subject of the sentence is not directly performing any action rather they are a part of the action as the receiver in the completion of the action. Thus in such cases, the subject of the sentence is passive and the action is being performed to the subject.

Comparison Table Between Take and Get

Parameters of Comparison Take Get
State of the Subject The subject is active in the sentence The subject is passive in the sentence 
Usage Used when the subject is performing the action Used when the action is being performed for the subject 
Completion of the action The action of the sentence is completed directly by the subject The action of the sentence is completed when the subject receives the object 
Object state  The object’s state can change in terms of ownership or location The object’s state remains the same  
Results of the action The subject changes the state of the object  The object changes the state of the subject 

What is Take?

Take is an English action word that is used to indicate the performance of an action in the sentence. The action is primarily initiated and completed by the subject of the sentence.

As the action is directly completed by the subject of the sentence, the subject is directly involved in the sentence and thus is in an active state. Thus take indicates that the doer of the sentence will initiate and complete the action.

The object of the sentence is directly placed after taking, but in a few cases, an article may be placed in front of the object.

Thus to use Take in a sentence, the subject has to be directly involved in the action of acquiring the object. Thus the subject and object are directly involved in the completion of the action in the sentence.

Take is usually used in three situations, such as when the subject actively acquires the object, changes the location of the object, or acquires the object but without permission.

Thus in either of the cases, the state of the object is directly changed by the doer of the sentence, in terms of its location, and terms of the ownership of the object.

What is Get?

Get is an action word that indicates a change in the state of the subject with respect to the object of the sentence. The subject in such cases is not the active performer of the action indicated in the sentence.

As the subject is not the active doer of the action in the sentence, the subject is present in a passive state in the sentence. The state of the subject is changed due to another parameter of the sentence that is responsible for the initiation and the completion of the action.

The action in the sentence is completed when the subject of the sentence receives the object of the sentence. The object is usually placed after getting, but in most cases, an article is placed before the object of the sentence.

Get is usually used in three instances when the subject directly receives the object when the state of the subject changes due to the object, or when the subject acquires the object indirectly.

In either of the cases, the object is directly responsible for the change in the state of the subject in the sentence. As the subject is in the passive state, a doer has to be included in the sentence to perform the action described in the sentence. 

Main Differences Between Take and Get

  1. When Take is used the subject is active in the sentence. When Get is used the subject passive in the sentence. 
  2. Take is used to indicate that the action is being performed by the subject. Get is used when the action is being performed for the subject.
  3. In case of Take, the action is directly completed by the subject. In case of Get, the action is completed when the subject receives the object.
  4. In a sentence with Take, the objects state can either change in terms of location or ownership, whereas in a sentence with Get the objects state stays the same 
  5. In a sentence with Take, the subject changes the state of the object. In a sentence with Get, the object changes the state of the subject.

Conclusion     

Several words in English may appear interchangeable at face value, but they may convey different meanings when used in the sentence. Both Take and Get are examples of such words. 

Take indicates that the action is being performed by the main subject of the sentence. As the subject is performing the action, they are active in the sentence.

Get on the other hand indicates that the action is being performed for the subject and that the actual subject of the sentence is receiving the object involved in the sentence. Thus in this case the subject is passive.

Thue, when used interchangeably, the sentence may convey a different message in terms of both the subject and the object of the sentence.

References

  1. https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1026&context=esed5234-master
  2. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.3102/0034654308325580
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