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They are not "I get it." or "I got it.". They are only "Get it." and "Got it.". I'm wondering what's the difference between them.

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Are you asking what the difference is between get and got, or why the expression is Got it and not I got it ? –  Andrew Leach Apr 26 '13 at 14:37
    
Like the one between "I can see what you mean" and "Now I see what you mean" (You didn't see till now). Get it? :) –  Kris Apr 26 '13 at 15:00
    
@AndrewLeach The difference is between get and got. –  acgtyrant Apr 27 '13 at 10:38

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Get it on its own would normally only be used as either an imperative (telling someone to get something) or a question (asking if someone understood; [do you] get it?). I get it (meaning I understand) is not usually shortened to get it.


Got it can be used in a few more ways. As a statement ([I've] got it), it means that the speaker understands, or the speaker physically has something, or (in a similar way to I've got this) that the speaker has the situation under control.

As a question ([have you] got it?) it can be used to ask any of the above: if someone understands (the same as get it?), if they physically have something, or if they have the situation under control (like have you got this?).

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Yes. The 'teacher' could ask either "Get it?" or "Got it?", but the learner could only choose "Got it!" out of the two. –  Edwin Ashworth Apr 26 '13 at 16:26
    
@EdwinAshworth: Unless of course the student is parroting the teacher sarcastically! "Get it?" asked the teacher. "Get it?" said the student mockingly. –  rhetorician Apr 26 '13 at 19:45
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@Samthere Thank you!:) –  acgtyrant Apr 27 '13 at 10:40
    
@Samthere: You're welcome. I gave you an upvote for your appreciation. –  rhetorician May 1 '13 at 18:16

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