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Dear Ted:

Is there any difference between "to HAVE an erection" and "to GET an erection"?

If so, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

For instance, should I use "get" or "have" in the sentence below?

Every time I see that model on TV, I HAVE/GET an erection.

Again, many, many thanks for your kind help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

  
Is there any difference between "to HAVE an erection" and "to GET an erection"?

*** There is no difference.

If so, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

For instance, should I use "get" or "have" in the sentence below?

Every time I see that model on TV, I HAVE/GET an erection.

*** Either one.  I would use "get."

Using Viagra, some men are able to have an erection that last for many hours.

The woman standing beside me on the bus kept rubbing against me; her action caused me
to GET an erection.

Ted

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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

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