steepholm (steepholm) wrote in linguaphiles,
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Got versus Was

I was talking with a Japanese friend, and she used the expression "I got surprised", in reference to an unexpected event. I corrected her to "I was surprised", but she insisted that she had heard US friends say "got surprised."

My first question is, is that actually a common usage in the US? I'm from the UK, where I'm pretty sure it's not.

My second question is a more general one about the rules for choosing between "got" and "was" in such expressions. "I got depressed" sounds fine to me, but "I got happy" doesn't. Why so? And are norms in this area on the move?
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