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    what does "got to me" mean here

    I was reading a blog post and I ran into these lines and got confused.

    "Itís been awhile since Shakespeare lines got to me. But Sonnet 116 bowled me over."

    what does got to me mean here? Is he annoyed or moved by Shakespeare's lines?

    his original paragraph:
    Is it age or is it just the DNA? This irrepressible sentimentalism only gets worse with the passing of time. Itís been awhile since Shakespeare lines got to me. But Sonnet 116 bowled me over.

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    Re: what does "got to me" mean here

    Quote Originally Posted by watermark View Post
    I was reading a blog post and I ran into these lines and got confused.

    "Itís been awhile since Shakespeare lines got to me. But Sonnet 116 bowled me over."

    what does got to me mean here? Is he annoyed or moved by Shakespeare's lines?

    his original paragraph:
    Is it age or is it just the DNA? This irrepressible sentimentalism only gets worse with the passing of time. Itís been awhile since Shakespeare lines got to me. But Sonnet 116 bowled me over.
    It means "affected me" or "moved me". Without knowing the sonnet, it's impossible to tell in what way the writer was moved, though the mention of "irrepressible sentimentalism" suggests that s/he was probably moved to tears or a kind of sad happiness.

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    Re: what does "got to me" mean here

    thank you. It looks like he was moved by Shakespeare's lines.

    Time

    Does "got to me' also have other meanings? negative meaning?

    For instance,

    This question really got to me.

    Does the question confuse him/her?


    What she said got to me so i went out side at once without a word.

    Is he/she angry at her words?

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    Re: what does "got to me" mean here

    This question really got to me.
    Does the question confuse him/her?
    No, I don't think so. If it meant "confused" I think it would say "This question really got me".


    What she said got to me so I went out side outside at once without a word.
    Is he/she angry at her words?
    I would agree with you here. It sounds like the writer stormed out angrily without saying a word.

    It basically means "affected" so, as usual, context is everything.

    I watched a programme about people who volunteer with sick children and it really got to me. I've decided to volunteer my time next month.
    Here, it would mean "it made me think".

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    Re: what does "got to me" mean here

    It is always these small words that got me confused. Sometimes this context thing is hard to guess because it could be either way. No wonder English is easy to learn, tough to use, and almost impossible to master.

    Thank you so much for your help emsr2d2!
    Last edited by watermark; 12-Nov-2011 at 04:48.

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