Clearly Confusing: Are You Really Annoyed?



Mr D recently told me  that he gets annoyed when he watches American football. I think he meant that he gets bored. 

Annoyed could work as well if he were saying that the game is violent and it bothers or disturbs him but what he was saying was that he doesn’t have any interest for the game and he can actually fall asleep a few minutes after kick off.

Moreover what’s interesting is the use of ‘get’ + adjectives to describe a transition. In this case ‘to get’ means ‘ to become’.

Here are a few examples:

  • I get bored when I watch football.
  • He gets annoyed when someone lies to him.
  • You get bored easily.
  • They get annoyed if I play loud music past 21h00.

Fluency Builder:

  1. What gets you bored?
  2. What gets you annoyed?
  3. How often do you lose your temper?
  4. Have you ever walked out of a movie theater before the end of the film?

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