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    get sth for sb

    "Could I get some food for my dog?"

    1. Does 'get' mean to 'bring' or to 'feed' or something else?
    2. Is the quote the same as 'could I get my dog some food'?

    Thanks


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    Re: get sth for sb

    Quote Originally Posted by Nefertiti View Post
    "Could I get some food for my dog?"

    1. Does 'get' mean to 'bring' or to 'feed' or something else?
    2. Is the quote the same as 'could I get my dog some food'?

    Thanks
    It depends on context, N.

    "Could I get some food for my dog?" could equal [maybe with a sense of anger]

    "Could somebody give me some food for my dog?" OR

    it could mean,

    "Could I have some food for my dog?" [fairly neutral] OR

    it could mean,

    When I go to the store, could I buy some food for my dog?"

    and this meanig would be the closest to,

    'could I get my dog some food'?

    CONTEXT CONTEXT CONTEXT CONTEXT
    Last edited by riverkid; 16-Apr-2008 at 04:07.

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    Re: get sth for sb

    Hi RD.

    What's the difference between 'could somebody give me some food for my dog' and 'could I have some food for my dog'?

    Thanks for your reply.


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    Re: get sth for sb

    Quote Originally Posted by Nefertiti View Post
    Hi RD.

    What's the difference between 'could somebody give me some food for my dog' and 'could I have some food for my dog'?

    Thanks for your reply.
    In some contexts, nothing at all, Nefertiti. In others, I suppose the first could express a wee bit more exasperation but intonation would play a larger role in determining that.

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