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Dear teachers

What's the difference between get someone to (verb) and get someone (verb-ing)?

A. Use simple English phrases in daily life as frequently as possible so as to get him thinking in English

B. Use simple English phrases in daily life as frequently as possible so as to get him to think in English.

C. I will get her to tell the truth.

D. I will get her telling the truth.

Are the sentences above different in meaning? Does get have the meaning of "make" in the sentences above?

Thanks for your detailed explanation.
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A and B mean practically the same. D is less likely and I would prefer C. To get someone to do something means to induce/persuade the person to carry out a complete action, while to get someone doing something means to get the person into that state or condition. It gives more idea of continuity than completeness of the action. Get him talking means act so that he continues to talk.

In examples A-B, thinking is never a complete action, so there's not much difference.

To make somebody do something has a slightly stronger meaning of forcing or obliging, in my opinion. "Make" can't be used with -ing.
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To get someone to do something is to succeed in convincing or persuading them to do it.
To get someone doing something is to succeed in convincing or persuading them to establish the doing of it as a habit or to begin to do it or take the first steps toward doing it.

CJ