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    get, got or have got?

    Hello, teachers.

    If you understand something, which of the following is/are appropriate to utter?

    1. I get it!
    2. I got it!
    3. I've got it!

    If more than one of the expressions above is appropriate, is there any difference in meaning?

    Thank you very much in advance for your help on this.

    yam.

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    #2

    Re: get, got or have got?

    1. I get it! Present Simple
    2. I got it! short for I have got it
    3. I've got it!

    They have the same meaning. They are used to say that someone gets the meaning of something, understands something or obtains something. You just need to pick the one that fits with the tense of the sentence.

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    #3

    Re: get, got or have got?

    Quote Originally Posted by yamyam View Post
    Hello, teachers.

    If you understand something, which of the following is/are appropriate to utter?

    1. I get it!
    2. I got it!
    3. I've got it!

    If more than one of the expressions above is appropriate, is there any difference in meaning?

    Thank you very much in advance for your help on this.

    yam.
    They're all OK, but of the three in AmE, #2 might more often be heard as "Got it" for general understanding, whereas "I get it" would more likely be a reaction to another person's joke.

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    #4

    Re: get, got or have got?

    Quote Originally Posted by nedira View Post
    2. I got it! short for I have got it.
    I don't agree that this is necessarily the case. It's simpler to assume that the speaker used the past tense.
    Last edited by 5jj; 03-May-2012 at 20:37. Reason: random text removed

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    Re: get, got or have got?

    Thank you so much for the instructions, Ms. nedira, Mr.(?) billmcd and Mr. 5jj.
    I think "I've got it." is the safest expression for "I see it," right?

    Thanks again,
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    #6

    Re: get, got or have got?

    You say "I got it!" if you're playing baseball and are planning to catch a fly ball and want to warn the other players on your team not to crash into you while they also try to catch the same ball.

    By extension, you can also say "I got it" to announce to the group that you are in charge of a certain task or assignment.

    "We need someone to check these figures before the meeting."

    "I got it."

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    #7

    Re: get, got or have got?

    "I've got it!" is also commonly used in AmE as an exclamation when you're trying to come up with an idea, a solution to a problem, etc. and you suddenly think of the perfect answer. For example:

    John was trying to figure out a puzzle in a book. After several minutes of thinking, he jumped up and yelled, "I've got it!"

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    #8

    Re: get, got or have got?

    Quote Originally Posted by yamyam View Post
    I think "I've got it." is the safest expression for "I see it," right?
    By "I see it," do you mean "I understand it"? If so, then I would say no to your question.

    Where I'm from in the USA, we typically use I get it (present tense) to mean that we understand something like a joke, or a concept. Got it (without the pronoun) is also used, but in my experience it's usually a brief response to a smaller or short term thing, like instructions for how to do something.

    I got it (simple past) is used less frequently, often to emphasize the fact, e.g. I got it, I got it! Don't explain it again!

    Finally, I agree with Free ToyInside that I've got it is most often used as a spontaneous response to finding a solution for something, and with Nedira that I got it is sometimes used as a non-standard, shortened version of this.

    Again, this is native speaker usage from the western USA, so I can't speak for all...
    Last edited by mayita1usa; 04-May-2012 at 18:42.

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    #9

    Re: get, got or have got?

    Quote Originally Posted by mayita1usa View Post
    Finally, I agree with Free ToyInside that I've got it is most often used as a spontaneous response to finding a solution for something, and with Nedira that I got it is sometimes used as a non-standard, shortened version of this.
    How can you be sure that it's a 'shortened' version of I've got and not a (possibly non-standard) use of the past tense?
    Last edited by 5jj; 04-May-2012 at 19:47.

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    Re: get, got or have got?

    Quote Originally Posted by yamyam View Post
    Thank you so much for the instructions, Ms. nedira, Mr.(?) billmcd and Mr. 5jj.
    I think "I've got it." is the safest expression for "I see it," right?

    Thanks again,
    yam.
    "I see" can also be for understanding, but without "it".


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