I've got it!


I have learned that 'get' also means' understand' but Longman dictionary says, "I have got it" means I suddenly understand a situation." However I think that I have got it should mean I have understood it, or is there a reason have got is considered as a present tense here in meaning?


English is really hard to get and I was wondering how you native English get all of these kinds of things. I am so jealous :-)


  spoken I've got it  used to say you have suddenly thought of the solution to a problem or that you suddenly understand a situation.

edited Feb 28 '14 at 03:13 Hans Contributor

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I have actually never heard of the Longman dictionary. A quick search tells me that it is geared toward non-native speakers learning English. That would explain why I've never run across it. Unlike the English dictionaries I have used, it apparently includes phrases and idioms. Interesting.


You are correct, Hans. The definition of a present tense word should be in the present tense, and the definition of a past tense word should be in the past tense. "I've got it" is an idiom, not a single word. It is usually exclaimed at the moment of understanding, which, of course, is in the present tense.

link comment answered Feb 28 '14 at 10:15 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

"have got" is the equivalent of "have".

As far as I know it's used mainly in the UK.

"I've got a nice car" means the same as "I have a nice car"

The're both simple present tense, but they look different.

link comment answered Feb 28 '14 at 17:42 Peter Valk Contributor

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