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    Default Re: get on something

    Quote Originally Posted by sunsunmoon View Post
    bhaisahab,

    Do you say "get on with doing something" to mean "get down to doing something"?
    I don't think I have ever used "get down to doing something", but the way in which you are using it would seem to have the same meaning as my "get on with..."

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    Default Re: get on something

    I'm wondering if "get down to" is an American English phrase.

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    Default Re: get on something

    Quote Originally Posted by sunsunmoon View Post
    I'm wondering if "get down to" is an American English phrase.
    Perhaps it is. All the links you posted are North American.

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    Default Re: get on something

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I don't think I have ever used "get down to doing something", but the way in which you are using it would seem to have the same meaning as my "get on with..."

    "get down to" is common here

    To me it sounds not as annoyed as "get on with".

    "Okay let's get on with preparing the presentation" vs. "Okay let's get down to preparing the presentation"

    The first sounds to me (out of context here!) like the speaker is annoyed.

    "Let's get down to business" is a very common expression.

    Let's get down to business - Idioms - by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    Yes, it is.

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    Default Re: get on something

    "to get on with something" can mean to start it, or to continue it, depending on the context.

    Boss: "I asked you to write this report two hours ago. Get on with it." (Start doing it, and finish it.).

    Boss: Come on boys, this work has to be finished by 6pm. Get on with it." (Continue, at a faster rate.)

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    Default Re: get on something

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "to get on with something" can mean to start it, or to continue it, depending on the context.

    Boss: "I asked you to write this report two hours ago. Get on with it." (Start doing it, and finish it.).

    Boss: Come on boys, this work has to be finished by 6pm. Get on with it." (Continue, at a faster rate.)
    How about post #1? Haven't got a clear answer yet.

    Sunsunmoon,you can also say " I got to writing a report" to mean start writing it?

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    Default Re: get on something

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "These files need to be organized.I'll get on it right away."
    I'd say, "I'll get onto it right away", but your version is understandable.

    Would it be correct to use it with a gerund?

    "There is a lot of work that needs to be done. I'll get on writing a report first."
    No. You need "with" here.
    R.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    R.
    Thanks Precise and concise!

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    Default Re: get on something

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    How about post #1? Haven't got a clear answer yet.

    Sunsunmoon,you can also say " I got to writing a report" to mean start writing it?
    Is to correct?
    get on doing something = get to doing something?

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