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Dear Ted:

Please consider the following two headlines:

1) 50 Songs Guaranteed to GET You Dancing

2) 50 Songs Guaranteed to MAKE You Dance

If both are correct, do they mean the same thing?

If not, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

Many, many thanks for your kind help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Please consider the following two headlines:

1) 50 Songs Guaranteed to GET You Dancing

2) 50 Songs Guaranteed to MAKE You Dance

If both are correct, do they mean the same thing?

If not, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

*** I just answered another of your questions about the difference between "get" and "make."

Please see my comments there.  I also gave you several examples.


*** "Get you doing something" is an idiomatic expression.  Its meaning is that there is something that stimulates you, something in which you take an interest.

"Which class grabs your interest and makes you feel really involved in it ?"
"Get you going" can also mean making you feel very excited.

*** The above passage equates "get you going" with "grabs your interest."

I hope this helps.

Ted

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