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    #1

    You got it.

    Dear teachers.
    Do you often say "You got it." if somebody asks you a favor?
    I would like to know the meaning of this phrase correctly.
    Thank you for your help.

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    #2

    Re: You got it.

    I would not say 'You got it' as it's an AE expression which I don't like.

    I'd say 'If I can'.

    Rover

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    #3

    Re: You got it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I would not say 'You got it' as it's an AE expression which I don't like.

    I'd say 'If I can'.

    Rover
    "You got it" and "If I can" do not have the same meaning. As Gillnetter has said, the first phrase means that the request will be granted. There is no equivocation here. (While this phrase is heard in AmE, I doubt that I've ever said it.) The second phrase appears to mean that the request will possibly be satisfied if the person to whom the request is made is able to do so. There is no commitment here.

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    #4

    Re: You got it.

    As to the question as to whether I use it frequently, I'm not sure.

    Here are things I may say when someone asks me a favor that I have every intention of fulfilling:

    You bet
    Of course
    Sure
    You got it
    Absolutely
    Coming right up
    I sure will
    I'll try to remember


    It depends on how quickly I can satisfy the request. "Could you please hand me that pen" is immediate. "When you go to the bar, could you come back with another beer for me? is not immediately, but quickly fulfilled. "The next time you go to the store, could you pick up some dental floss for me?" might be several days.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #5

    Re: You got it.

    Thank you for telling me so many kinds. >> Barb_D

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    #6

    Re: You got it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    As to the question as to whether I use it frequently, I'm not sure.

    Here are things I may say when someone asks me a favor that I have every intention of fulfilling:

    You bet
    Of course
    Sure
    You got it
    Absolutely
    Coming right up
    I sure will
    I'll try to remember
    And how about Sure thing?

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