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Syntactically, "where" has the status of an adverbial in "get where." In "get to where," "where" has the status of a noun phrase.

"Get to be where," by contrast, conveys a subtly different meaning. Unlike in "get to where," in "get to be where," "to" is the stem of an infinitive, not a preposition; [...]


[...]; and "get to VP" has an opportunity- or qualification-oriented meaning:

  • He got to ride the roller coaster. The line wasn't too long.
  • It was only by fulfilling the prerequisites that they got to take this class.
  • I didn't get to be where I am without hard work and a bit of luck.

That's much more precise (and embracing) than my "sociological sense"

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