being caught


Senior Member
Hello World!

From The Girl On The Train:

"I ran all the way from the library to the tube station with my handbag clutched against
my chest to hide what I could. For some reason I found this funny—there is something ridiculous
about being caught in the rain—and I was laughing so hard by the time I got to the top of Gray’s Inn Road,
I could barely breathe. I can’t remember the last time I laughed like that.

What the meaning of red words exactly?

Thanks a lot!
  • Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    How about: "If you don't hurry, you'll get caught in the rain... Take an umbrella in case you get caught in the rain... It looked as if we were going to be caught in the rain..."?


    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    Why not other tenses?

    Take an umbrella—you don't want to get caught in the rain.
    You may get caught in the rain if your bus is going to be late.
    I always seem to get caught in the rain when I forget my boots and umbrella.


    Senior Member
    English - England
    I meant you can only use caught (past participle), not catch.

    But the other examples in that link are active rather than passive, which explains it:
    I caught him reading my diary and I caught the news on TV.

    EDIT: Though I suppose the rain could be said to catch you out! :D
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