Go or get?

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Go (and not get) is used to talk about changes of colour. This is common in British English.

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.

Examples are:

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.

Sections in this article

Get with nouns and pronouns
Get with adjectives and past participles
Get with infinitives and -ing forms
Go and get

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