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    #1

    "to get to" x "to be able to"

    hi,

    i wonder what does the expression in bold mean:

    "...to get to fix some of the things..."

    "...teach you what tools to get to fix your gloves..."

    "...muons travel through time to get to reach us..."

    "...be helpful to get to reach the critical mass..."

    does "to get to" mean the same as "to be able to/to manage to"? if so, are the following sentences OK?

    "i am trying hard to get to see him but i can't because there is a huge tree obstructing my view"

    "i don't think i am going to get to do my homework today"

    thanks


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    Re: "to get to" x "to be able to"

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    hi,

    i wonder what does the expression in bold mean:

    "...to get to fix some of the things..." It could be; "be allowed to fix some things".

    "...teach you what tools to get to fix your gloves..." to retrieve/to buy

    "...muons travel through time to get to [reach] us..." to reach

    "...be helpful to get to [reach] the critical mass..." If I'm envisioning the context accurately, "to reach"

    does "to get to" mean the same as "to be able to/to manage to"? if so, are the following sentences OK?

    "i am trying hard to get to see him but i can't because there is a huge tree obstructing my view" This sentences sounds a bit odd. "
    "I am trying hard to see him but I can't because there is a huge tree obstructing my view". That must be some humongously wide tree because you can't be trying all that hard if you can't take a few steps one way or the other.


    "i don't think i am going to get to do my homework today" "to get to do" sounds like "be allowed to". "to get to my homework" sounds like "to be able to/to manage to".

    thanks
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