When you say "got it", what is it short for?

Is it for:

  • I have it?
  • I have got it?
  • I have gotten it?
  • I got it? (Is this even valid?)
  • Something else?

Also: What is the tense of the verb?


It stands for :

I have got it!

It means that you have got the meaning of something, understood something or obtained something

  • @Ham: Hm ok... what's the tense? Present perfect?
    – user541686
    Jun 30 '11 at 6:38
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    Yes, present perfect : "have"
    – Thursagen
    Jun 30 '11 at 6:39
  • +1. It can also be used for physical objects too, as well as understanding: "Have you found the torch yet? No, still searching... got it!"
    – psmears
    Jun 30 '11 at 7:22
  • @psmears, cool added that in...
    – Thursagen
    Jun 30 '11 at 7:24
  • I have always heard "I got it," when said from three American people I met.
    – apaderno
    Jun 30 '11 at 8:45

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