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Hi,
'They loaded him into the ambulance and got him to the hospital.'

If I use 'took' instead of 'got' as in
'They loaded him into the ambulance and took him to the hospital.'

What is the difference in meaning between 'take someone somewhere' and 'get someone somewhere'?

Thanks.
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Hi,
'They loaded him into the ambulance and got him to the hospital.'
If I use 'took' instead of 'got' as in
'They loaded him into the ambulance and took him to the hospital.'

What is the difference in meaning between 'take someone somewhere' and 'get someone somewhere'?

Using 'get someone to' like this is quite common.

It's fairly informal.

It often suggests that the process involved some difficulties.

eg Although the traffic was slow and the ambulance had a flat tire, they got him to the hospital.

eg It's hard to get my son to school, because he wakes up late and spends a lot of time every morning in the bathroom.

Best wishes, Clive
Thank you very much, Clive.

Is it necessary that you take someone to a school rather than they go to school by themselves when you say: "You get them to school"?
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Hi,

Is it necessary that you take someone to a school rather than they go to school by themselves when you say: "You get them to school"?
The phrase does sound like you took them there.
But if you say 'I got my son off to school', it usually means that you didn't take him. You just got him out the door.

Such phrases are rather idiomatic, as you can see.

Clivei
Thanks for your reply, Clive.
Clive
It often suggests that the process involved some difficulties.

eg Although the traffic was slow and the ambulance had a flat tire, they got him to the hospital.

eg It's hard to get my son to school, because he wakes up late and spends a lot of time every morning in the bathroom.


Hi Clive,

Can I use 'take someone to a place' whether it involves some difficulties or not?

Can I also use 'get someone to a place' when it doesn't involve any difficulties?

Thanks a lot.
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Hi,

Can I use 'take someone to a place' whether it involves some difficulties or not? Yes.
Can I also use 'get someone to a place' when it doesn't involve any difficulties? Yes.

Clive
Thanks a lot, Clive.

Hi

when you say take the kid over there , it means hold him and go with him over there

but

when you say get the kid over there , it means the kid must arrive over there by you , no matter how.

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