A bunch of flowers <gets/ is> sent to me every year

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wanabee

Senior Member
Japanese
Dear all,

A bunch of flowers <gets/ is> sent to me on the same day every month from an anonymous person.

I made it up. Would you find any differences in connotation between 'gets' or 'is' in my sentence?
 
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  • Cenzontle

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    English, U.S.
    Not always, but often the passive with "get" implies a misfortune.
    "Those poor flowers! They were happy where they were growing, but someone cut them and sent them to me."
     

    wanabee

    Senior Member
    Japanese
    Thank you very much, Cenzontle!
    That's interesting. I felt that 'get sent' might express the uncomfortable 'impact' on the recepient. In other words, it could imply the recepient is not comfortable getting those flowers.
     

    perpend

    Banned
    American English
    I personally don't perceive any difference between "gets" and "is" in the context of the sentence, wanabee.

    I guess you could avoid it, and say: I receive a bunch of flowers on the same day every month ...

    That probably doesn't quite address your issue, though.

    (I want anonymous flowers. :))
     

    EStjarn

    Senior Member
    Spanish
    To me the difference between those two is that 'gets' directs the attention to the act of sending the flowers, whereas 'is' directs it to the whole situation. I would probably use 'is' in your sentence.
     
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