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    didn't get you or don't get you?

    Hi,

    I have a doubt regarding the usage of below mentioned sentences and their context.

    I don't get you.
    I didn't get you.

    How and when to use which sentence? I mean, if we don't understand what a person is saying to whom we are

    speaking? Any help will be appreciated.

    Thank You.

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    Re: didn't get you or don't get you?

    Quote Originally Posted by ranjan69 View Post
    Hi,

    I have a doubt regarding the usage of below mentioned sentences and their context.

    I don't get you.
    I didn't get you.

    How and when to should I use which sentence? I mean (no comma required) if we don't understand what a person is saying to whom we are speaking. Any help will be appreciated.

    Thank you.
    If I didn't understand what someone said to me, I would say "I'm sorry. I didn't understand that. Could you explain it a different way?" If I simply didn't hear what they said, I would say "I'm sorry, I didn't hear/catch that. Could you repeat it please?"

    Although "to get" can be used to mean "to understand", it doesn't really work in the sentences you suggested.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: didn't get you or don't get you?

    Maybe it's an AmE thing. "I don't get you" usually means "I don't understand what you're talking about". It could also mean "I find your behavior confusing or inconsistent". Another way to say it, at least in AmE, is "Sorry, I don't follow". I can't think of too many situations where you would use these phrases in the past tense.

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    Re: didn't get you or don't get you?

    I would use "I don't get it" to show that I didn't understand a concept someone had just explained to me, but not "I don't get you" to mean that I didn't understand what that person said.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: didn't get you or don't get you?

    I think it's just a lazy way of saying "I don't get what you mean/what you are saying".

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