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    Please don't get (The door bell is ringing)

    I heard the following dialogue from a moive:

    The door bell is ringing.
    A: Please don't get. It's probably him.(The speaker didn't want her mother to answer the door because she was angry with her boyfriend )

    I wonder is it natural to say "Don't answer the door" or "Don't open the door".

    Thanks.
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    Re: Please don't get (The door bell is ringing)

    I think you missed a "that". It must have been "Please don't get that" or "Please don't get it."

    Your other two suggestions are both quite natural.

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    Re: Please don't get (The door bell is ringing)

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    I think you missed a "that". It must have been "Please don't get that" or "Please don't get it."

    Your other two suggestions are both quite natural.
    Thanks a lot probus.

    Is it more common for native speakers to say "get that/it" instead of "Don't answer the door" or "Don't open the door".

    Do most native speakers would say I'll get it", when the door bell/telephone is ringing?

    Thanks again.

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    Re: Please don't get (The door bell is ringing)

    I can only speak for the case of AmE. In the part of North America where I live, we reserve "I'll get it" for answering the phone, and we say "Answer the door" rather than "Open the door".

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