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'got to know' versus 'learned to know'



 
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'got to know' versus 'learned to know' #1 (permalink) Sun Dec 03, 2006 8:29 am   'got to know' versus 'learned to know'
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #85 "Common English Errors (1)", question 3

After some time, Vince ......... to know the university campus very well.

(a) got
(b) understood
(c) found
(d) learned

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #85 "Common English Errors (1)", answer 3

After some time, Vince got to know the university campus very well.

Correct answer: (a) got

Your answer was: incorrect
After some time, Vince learned to know the university campus very well.
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hi,

why not "learned "?

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'got to know' versus 'learned to know' #2 (permalink) Sun Dec 03, 2006 8:58 am   'got to know' versus 'learned to know'
 

Hi

In English you cannot say 'learn to know'. (Are you German? This sounds like a direct translation from German. Unfortunately, it doesn't work in English.)

The phrasal verb 'get to know' means the same thing a 'become acquainted with'.

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'got to know' versus 'learned to know' #3 (permalink) Sun Dec 03, 2006 10:36 am   'got to know' versus 'learned to know'
 

Hi Jestefania,

The meaning of 'know' in this expression suggests 'grow familiar with' and that's why 'get' is the appropriate verb here with the idea of 'become', which indicates a slow gradual process and not a conscious activity, which is implied by 'learn'.

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'got to know' versus 'learned to know' #4 (permalink) Sun Dec 03, 2006 16:48 pm   'got to know' versus 'learned to know'
 

Then there is 'come to get to know', which sounds like a very progressive way of getting acquainted.
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