Go or get?
- Leaves go brown in autumn. (NOT Leaves get brown ---)
- She went green with envy. (NOT She got green ---)
Other examples are: go white with anger/ blue with cold/ red with embarrassment
Turn and grow can also be used in these cases. Note that go is more informal than turn and grow.
Go (and not usually get) is also used with adjectives in a number of common expressions that refer to changes for the worse.
People can go mad / crazy / deaf / blind / grey / bald etc.
Horses can go lame
Machines can go wrong
Meat, fish or vegetables can go bad
Beer, lemonade, musical instruments and car tyres can go flat
Cases where get is used
Get is also used with adjectives to talk about changes. For example we use get (and not go) with the adjectives old, tired and ill.
- I am getting old. (NOT I am going old.)
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