as we shall see, has many different meanings whereas become basically
indicates development of some kind.
is more informal and is frequently used in speech; become is
more formal and is more often used in writing.
used with adjectives, get indicates growth or development
and can therefore be used as the preferred alternative to become
in an informal register. Compare the following sentences:
got interested in photography when I was ten.
became interested in art in later life.
he got older, his garden got really messy.
he became older, he could no longer maintain his garden
It got colder and colder the further north we went.
became increasingly cold as we travelled north.
getting quite hungry now, aren't you?
became quite angry when he discovered there was no food
we use get with a noun or a pronoun as a direct object, get
usually means 'obtain', 'acquire', 'receive' or 'fetch'. Become
is impossible here:
'I got the highest marks in the class for my essay on
'I got my goldfish from the pet shop down the road.'
'I was getting about fifty emails every day when I was
working on the project.'
'Could you get me a punnet of peaches from the supermarket?'
'Let me get you a drink. What'll you have?'
grow and turn to indicate a change of state
indicates a slow change and sounds literary. It can be replaced
by ‘become’ or ‘get’. Turn indicates a faster change and
can be replaced by ‘go’:
There is so
much more to get to know about get, Margarete, but I'll get into
trouble with my editor if I make this reply any longer. It is a
difficult area, but I hope it is slowly becoming clearer.
'As they grew richer, they invested more money in shares.'
'My aim is to grow old gracefully and with dignity.'
'He drove away as soon as the lights turned green.'
'The leaves turned brown as the weather got colder.'