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"Get it" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "entenderlo", and "understand" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "entender". Learn more about the difference between "get it" and "understand" below.
get it(
gehd
 
iht
)
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to understand something)
a. entenderlo
It's a pun. Do you get it?Es un juego de palabras. ¿Lo entiendes?
b. pillarlo
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Did you like the joke at the end of the movie? - I didn't get it.¿Te gustó el chiste al final de la película? - No lo pillé.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to have a perspective based in reality)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Emma's boyfriend makes me insane. He just doesn't get it.El novio de Emma me vuelve loca. No entiende nada.
My boyfriend would never say anything sexist. He gets it.Mi novio nunca haría un comentario machista. Lo tiene muy claro.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to receive punishment)
a. pagarlo
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
If you make a sound, the girl gets it.Si haces algún movimiento en falso, la chica lo pagará.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
4.
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
(motivational)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. dale
I'm going to ask that man for his phone number. - Get it!Voy a pedir a ese hombre su número de teléfono. - ¡Dale!
b. órale
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
It's my turn to bat. - Get it!Es mi turno para batear. - ¡Órale!
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understand(
uhn
-
duhr
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stahnd
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to comprehend)
a. entender
He lived in Paris for three years and still doesn't understand a word of French.Vivió en París tres años y aún no entiende ni una palabra de francés.
b. comprender
My wife can understand even the most complex math problems.Mi esposa puede comprender aun los problemas matemáticos más complejos.
2. (to interpret)
a. entender
The troop movement can only be understood as a provocation.El movimiento de tropas solo se puede entender como una provocación.
3. (to have heard)
a. tener entendido
From what I understand, she got divorced.Según lo que tengo entendido, se divorció.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to comprehend)
a. entender
I hear what you are saying and I understand.Oigo lo que me dices y entiendo.
b. comprender
I was paying attention in class but I just didn't understand.Estaba prestando atención en clase pero simplemente no comprendí.
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