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    got it down

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right about my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    You show me something in a lab once, and I got it down.

    get down = describe in writing;

    got it down = if a person has “got it down,” they have mastered a particular topic or piece of information received in written form.

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V

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    Re: got it down

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right about my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    You show me something in a lab once, and I got it down.

    get down = describe in writing; In the above sentence there is nothing to indicate that you've written it down. More to the point would be that you've understood it.

    got it down = if a person has “got it down,” they have mastered a particular topic or piece of information received in written form. Again, not necessarily in written form.

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V
    If someone says "let me get that down," it generally means that they want to put something in writing.

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