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    #1

    I got so as I could move it a little

    This is a part of a dialogue from the movie Eraserhead (1977):
    I had an operation on my arm here. Doctors said I wouldn't be able to use it."Well, what the hell do they know?" I said. And I rubbed it for ahalf hour every day... and I got so as I could move it a little. And then I got so as I could turn a faucet. And pretty soon, I had my arm back again. Now I can't feel a damn thing in it. All numb.

    My question is what does got so as mean in the context?

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    Re: I got so as I could move it a little

    It's a dialectal usage that means the same as "got so". After the operation, the speaker gradually gained mobility in the affected limb.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: I got so as I could move it a little

    By rubbing his arm for half an hour every day, he reached a point where he could move it a little, and later a point where he could turn a tap (faucet).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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