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I understand the difference between "get him to talk" and "get him talking" . however, when it comes to the sentence "get him washing the car", it doesn't sound right to me, although "get him to wash the car" is right.

My initial understanding is this: there's no "noun" following "talking" in the sentence "get him talking", while there is a noun, "the car ", immediately following "washing". therefore, "get him washing the car" can't be right.

this analysis of mine is purely based on my hunch and i am not sure whether this is right . I would like to get a much better and even more concrete explanation on this one.

thank you very much in advance.
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Hi,

I understand the difference between "get him to talk" and "get him talking" . however, when it comes to the sentence "get him washing the car", it doesn't sound right to me, although "get him to wash the car" is right.

My initial understanding is this: there's no "noun" following "talking" in the sentence "get him talking", while there is a noun, "the car ", immediately following "washing". therefore, "get him washing the car" can't be right. It's right. 'Washing' is a transitive verb, and can take an object. 'Talking' is intransitive, and can not.

this analysis of mine is purely based on my hunch and i am not sure whether this is right . I would like to get a much better and even more concrete explanation on this one.

Clive
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LATOMy initial understanding is this: there's no "noun" following "talking" in the sentence "get him talking", while there is a noun, "the car ", immediately following "washing". therefore, "get him washing the car" can't be right.
No. That's not it. get (someone) ---ing indicates success in initiating an activity or habit (in someone else). And the activity or habit can be expressed with -ing followed by a noun. Note the following, for example.

The teacher tells them stories and gets them writing poems.
Amy has a recipe that her kids love and gets them eating their spinach.

This exposes users to our brand and gets them buying books from our store.

CJ
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"It's right. 'Washing' is a transitive verb, and can take an object. 'Talking' is intransitive, and can not."

I appreciate your effort . But, I think you have taken it out of context.

Nevertheless, thank you.
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"""get (someone) ---ing indicates success in initiating an activity or habit (in someone else). And the activity or habit can be expressed with -ing followed by a noun. Note the following, for example.

The teacher tells them stories and gets them writing poems.
Amy has a recipe that her kids love and gets them eating their spinach.
This exposes users to our brand and gets them buying books from our store."""

Thank you very much Mr. CalifJim.

Based on your explanation, it is , therefore, correct to say "$50 can get him washing the car".
LATOBased on your explanation, it is , therefore, correct to say "$50 can get him washing the car".
Yes.

CJ