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07 / 11 / 2003

USING THE WORD GET-3: meaning and examples

Hello again. I hope you are having a good day.

Today we are continuing with uses of the word GET. This time we will look at a very common informal use of GET that means to understand someone or something. Consider the following examples.

Example 1: Everyone laughed at the joke, but Olga didn't seem to get it.

In other words, Olga didn't understand the joke, so she didn't laugh.

Example 2: Speaker 1 enters the room where Speaker 2 is watching a film.
Speaker 1: I don't get it. What's happening?
Speaker 2: She has decided to stay with her ex-husband.
Speaker 1: Oh...I get it now.

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