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Hi,

Would someone please explain me the meaning of "I can get by" in the following sentence, thanks.

e.g. I don't need to know how to read financial statements. I can get by.

On the google, I found many examples and here are some of them,

e.g.

- All I need now are a few words of Portuguese so I can get by in Lisbon

- Some of them I can get by with just one guitar and vocals.

- Overall, I wouldn't use it as a shampoo on a daily basis, but I can get by with it when I want to.

What I can guess after seeing the examples, I think the meaning of the "I can get by" is "I can live with it" or something like that...but not sure.

Thanks in advance.

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get by - manage (to do something)
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Hi,

Would someone please explain me the meaning of "I can get by" in the following sentence, thanks.

e.g. I don't need to know how to read financial statements. I can get by. =I can manage without reading financial statements.

On the google, I found many examples and here are some of them,

e.g.

- All I need now are a few words of Portuguese so I can get by in Lisbon =so I can handle stuff without troubles.

- Some of them I can get by with just one guitar and vocals. =I can do fine with just one guitar and vocals.

- Overall, I wouldn't use it as a shampoo on a daily basis, but I can get by with it when I want to.

What I can guess after seeing the examples, I think the meaning of the "I can get by" is "I can live with it" or something like that...but not sure.

Thanks in advance.

Getting by –means surviving with bare minimum or with what is available. i.e. I don’t make a lot of money as store clerk but I make enough to get by.



My wife is on business trip and I can’t cook. But so far I am getting by with take-outs.
Well, I was actually going to ask on "get by" with some more examples again to make sure I understood it clearly but because of more explanations, I don't think it's necessary now.

Thanks all of you, Mr. Hancu, Pioussoul, and Mr.Anonymous!!!
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As I understand it, get by can mean different things in different contexts. It can mean, ‘manage, survive, Eda cape’ ect