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    The expression of 'I got it'

    A: You know what I mean?

    B: I got it.


    Here in the dialogue, the meaning of 'I got it' is 'I understood it' or 'I understand it'? And it comes from 'have got', meaning 'have' or a past form of 'get'?

    I think it depends on context and in the dialogue, we can say 'I got it' is a reduced form of 'I've got it' and means the current state of understanding something.

    What do you think? Thank you so much as usual and I really hope to hear from you again.
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    Re: The expression of 'I got it'

    NOT A TEACHER

    It's the past tense of "get". See here, definition #23.

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    Re: The expression of 'I got it'

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    It's the past tense of "get". See here, definition #23.
    In the quotation to which you provided a link, It is undoubtedly the past tense. In 'I got it', I think it's possible to claim that it's an informal form of 'I've got it' (as 'I got to/gotta' are informal forms of 'I've got to'). However, we can't prove anything about most 'I got it' utterances, so I don't worry about it.

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    Re: The expression of 'I got it'

    Thank you so much, and the meaning of " we can't prove anything about most 'I got it' utterances, so I don't worry about it." is that even native English speakers have difficult in distinguishing in the usage?


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    Re: The expression of 'I got it'

    Quote Originally Posted by sky3120 View Post
    Thank you so much, and the meaning of " we can't prove anything about most 'I got it' utterances, so I don't worry about it." is that even native English speakers have difficult in distinguishing in the usage?

    The context would usually tell us what is meant.

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    Re: The expression of 'I got it'

    Yes!! But sometimes we can't easily distinguish in some dialogues like the above one, isn't it?

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    Re: The expression of 'I got it'

    Quote Originally Posted by sky3120 View Post
    Yes!! But sometimes we can't easily distinguish in some dialogues like the above one, isn't it?
    If we can't tell, then it can't matter, can it?

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    Re: The expression of 'I got it'

    Quote Originally Posted by sky3120 View Post
    Thank you so much, and the meaning of " we can't prove anything about most 'I got it' utterances, so I don't worry about it." is that even native English speakers have difficult in distinguishing in the usage?

    It means we don't care enough to waste time wondering about it.

    Note that 'of' in your title is redundant. You have recently created other titles in that incorrect form - such as The word of understand instead of The word 'understand'.

    Rover

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