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    joham is offline Key Member
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    Default go through or get through

    I ___________ through that bitter period without your generous help.
    A. couldn't have gone B. didn't go C. wouldn't go D. hadn't gone
    The given answer is A. But I should think we should say "I couldn't have got/gotten through that bitter period without your generous help." Am I right?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Default Re: go through or get through

    You could use go or get there- go through is like enduring and get through emphasises leaving the period behindyou.

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    Post Re: go through or get through

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    I ___________ through that bitter period without your generous help.
    A. couldn't have gone B. didn't go C. wouldn't go D. hadn't gone
    The given answer is A. But I should think we should say "I couldn't have got/gotten through that bitter period without your generous help." Am I right?

    Thank you in advance.
    I think we use to go (go/went/gone) through problems and not get (get/got/gotten) through problems!

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    Default Re: go through or get through

    But you do 'get through a bad period'.In fact I'm not sure I agree with the others - and I'd've been happy with your original offerings ('got/gotten'). I think 'Get through' involves more difficulty: "I broke three bits drilling through that wall, but I finally got through." But "This chrome vanadium bit is really good. It'll go through that wall like a knife through butter.'

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