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    #1

    Get yourself sorted

    What does it mean? In which senses and contexts can this expression be used?
    Thanks for your kind replies.
    Michela

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    Re: Get yourself sorted

    Welcome to Using English.

    Could you tell US what context you saw this in? By itself, it doesn't have much meaning.

    "Get yourself sorted out" is a casual way to mean "take care of your troubles, espcially emotional one."
    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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    Re: Get yourself sorted

    Thanks for the reply.

    The context was two persons discussing about a little health desease.
    I wonder if the expression could reveal a sort of annoyance in the speaker's intentions.

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    Re: Get yourself sorted

    It might also mean something like:
    Get yourself sorted (organized, settled, calmed down), then come to the house for a cup of tea and we'll discuss the matter further.
    In the above example, "out" is presumed (sorted out) as Barb_D explained in her post. As for expressing annoyance, that would really depend upon the context in which the words were used.

    John

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    Re: Get yourself sorted

    Quote Originally Posted by michelabagatella View Post
    Thanks for the reply.

    The context was two persons discussing about a little health desease.
    I wonder if the expression could reveal a sort of annoyance in the speaker's intentions.
    In BrE, the tone of voice would be important. If someone simply said "Get yourself sorted" it may just be a useful suggestion. In the context you gave, I would guess that the conversation went something like this:

    Person A: How are you?
    Person B: I'm OK. Well, actually, I'm a little worried about this mole/lump/rash.
    Person A: Where is it?
    Person B: Here. On my back. Look.
    Person A: That looks quite bad.
    Person B: I know. It hurts but I can't be bothered to go to the doctor.
    Person A: I think that's a bad decision. I think you should get yourself sorted.

    Person A basically means that they think Person B should go and get checked by a doctor and, hopefully, treated and cured (that is what "sorted" would mean).

    In BrE, if "Sort yourself out" is said in a somewhat aggressive tone of voice, it can mean "Change your behaviour and stop annoying me" or something similar.

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    Re: Get yourself sorted

    Thanks!
    I think that emsr2d2's example is really similar to the real situation i am referring to.
    Ok, i now understand that “sort yourself out” would have a really different sound.


    At the same time i consider interesting the meanings it could as well have, as indicated in John's post ( and in Brab_d's, just adding 'out').


    I hope i will get myself sorted … in the use of english

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    Re: Get yourself sorted

    Quote Originally Posted by michelabagatella View Post
    Thanks!
    I think that emsr2d2's example is really similar to the real situation I am referring to.
    OK, I now understand that “sort yourself out” would have a really different sound.


    At the same time I consider interesting the meanings it could as well have, as indicated in John's post ( and in Brab_d's, just adding 'out').


    I hope I will get myself sorted … in the use of English
    Please remember that the word "I" must be capitalised at all times, regardless of where it appears in a sentence.
    The word "English" (and all other languages, countries, nationalities etc) also needs a capital letter.
    "OK" is written with 2 capital letters. If you use the entire word, then only capitalise the first letter - "Okay".

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    Re: Get yourself sorted

    Okay,

    I will pay attention to the rules of English writing.
    Regards

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