Hi teachers,

What's the difference between 'to dress' and 'get dressed'?

Could you give an example?

Thanks in advance
To dress is the base verb. You need to add a pronoun/noun after it. I'll help dress you etc. Unless you use 'myself' as the pronoun then it is an action you do to somebody or something else.

Get dressed is dressing yourself.
Hi Philliphs,

Thank you very much for your reply.

You need to add a pronoun/noun after it. Always?

Are these sentences correct?

-- I have to dress now, or I'll be late for school.
-- Well, I have to dress now and get ready for class.

-- He has already dressed.

-- He dressed half an hour ago.

In the phrase 'get dressed', 'dressed' is an adjective?

if it is so, this sentences is correct, isn't? 'She has gotten dressed long before her husband arrived'.

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get dressed is more everyday. dress is less used and a little more formal.

get dressed is specifically related to the act of putting on clothes.

dress can be used that way, but is also used in the habitual aspect:

She always dresses well. (wears nice clothes) (Not She always gets dressed well for that meaning.)

CJ
Thinking SpainAre these sentences correct?
-- I have to dress now, or I'll be late for school.
-- Well, I have to dress now and get ready for class.
-- He has already dressed.
-- He dressed half an hour ago.
All correct. get dressed can also be used in any of these.

CJ
Hi CalifJim,

Thanks a lot for your reply. It's very clear now.

Is 'dressed' an adjective?
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Thinking SpainIs 'dressed' an adjective?
In "get dressed", yes. An adjective after 'get' is the most usual pattern.

get hot / get cold / get tired / get dressed / get interested / get fat / get rich / get hungry / get thirsty / get angry / get depressed / get exciting / get boring / get excited / get bored / get drunk

A few of these use "go"

go deaf / go blind / go crazy

and 'get' is also used a lot with an adverbial particle:

get in / get out / get away / get back / get together

CJ
Hi CalifJim,

That's quite an explanation. Thank you so much. I won't forget it.Emotion: clap
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