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Hi all,

I'd like to know if i can say: 'have you got it' insted of 'did you got it' when someone is talking to me and then ask me that question to see if i [have] understood him.

I suppose this is because in my mother tongue we tend to use the present perfect for recent events.

Please , what's the difference in these cases?.

is it correct to say : have you got it?

and the sentence above ' ... if i have understood him' is correct?

Regards,
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Hello, Anon,

You can't say "did you got it", you need a bare infinitive after "did" (and "do" and "does"), but maybe it was simply a typo Emotion: smile . It should read "did you get it?"

As to your question, I can't tell you whether it's idiomatic or not, sorry. I guess you can hear it, but to my non-native ears, if sounds more like someone were asking whether the person is in the possession of something.
Hi guys,

Yes, 'to get it' is an idiomatic way of saying 'to understand it'.

I can ask someone 'Do you get it?', or 'Did you get it?' or 'Have you got it?'. I can even use future, eg I don't think I'm going to get my teacher's explanation'. All tenses are possible in theory.

In practice, we usually use this of the past and present rather than the future, and often shorten it simply to 'Got it?' or 'Get it'? Here's a short conversation:

Boss: Get it?

Employee: Got it!

I'm not sure if I completely answered the original question. If not, please write again.

Clive
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I have heard people saying "Did you got it" and more often "Did you got my mail" is that wrong?
AnonymousI have heard people saying "Did you got it" and more often "Did you got my mail" is that wrong?

Yes, it's wrong. You don't use "got" with "did."

Did you get it?
Did you get my email?
Did you get my letter?
I'd like to add that if you want to ask someone if he understood what you said, "Do/Did you get it?" sounds very patronizing (to me at least) -- as if you're not sure the person is smart enough to understand you. "Do you follow me?" or "Do you see?" are gentler ways of asking the same question.
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AnonymousI have heard people saying "Did you got it" and more often "Did you got my mail" is that wrong?
Yes, it's wrong. You don't use "got" with "did."

Did you get it?

Did you get my email?

Did you get my letter?


I remember being surprised in another thread (http://www.EnglishForward.com/English/WhatDoWeGotGoing/mvqml/post.htm ) that "What do we got going on here today?" was stated as being "quite casual but also very natural, at least in AmE", while to me it seems, as I stated, "wildly ungrammatical". How do you feel about that one? Is that a different case, or do AmE speakers vary in their tolerance of this?
That one particular phrase I would put in the idiom department: What do we got goin' on here!

Because clearly, we don't "have" anything at all. It's a colloquial way of saying "What in tarnation is going on???"

There are other "What do you got" colloquial expressions: Playing poker: "I've got three eights... whatdya got?" Confirming your watch is right: "I think my watch stopped. I'm showing it's not even 3 yet [holding up my wrist and pointing to my watch]. What do you got?"

This never works with "Did" and it only works in certain situations - again, approaching the idiom level, not a substitution for standard "What do you have..." type construction.

I would never say "What did you got in the mail today?" or "Did you got anything good in that package?" That would indeed be "wildly ungrammatical"!
I see. Thanks for clarifying that, GG.
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