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    get it awful

    Line from 《THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION》:

    Some people really got it awful.


    what does "get" mean here?
    thanks a lot

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    Re: get it awful

    Quote Originally Posted by masterding View Post
    Line from 《THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION》:

    Some people really got it awful.


    what does "get" mean here?
    thanks a lot

    It's just a slovenly way of saying.....

    Some people have got it awful.

    ....and it means that for some people life is far from pleasant.

    buggles (not a teacher)

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    Re: get it awful

    Is the usage of "get" here is same as "get it wrong" ?

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    Re: get it awful

    Quote Originally Posted by masterding View Post
    Is the usage of "get" here is same as "get it wrong" ?
    Not really. The original means "Some people have it awful". You can't substitute "have" in your sentence - although if you get something wrong, you do have it wrong.
    "Get" is used in a lot of colloquial expressions. There are similarities and differences in the way "get" is used in such expressions. You can't simply copy from one idiom to another.

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