I’ve been told before that I should always avoid the word “got”.
I was reading another question and the phrase “I got burnt” was being thrown around quite a bit, whereas I think “I was burnt” sounds much better grammatically.
Similarly, instead of “I got some mail”, “I received some mail”, and, “I earned straight A’s” instead of “I got straight A’s”.
Is there any basis for this, or are there times when “got” really is the best choice?
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