“I don't get it.”

English Lesson: I don't get it.

You're talking with a group of friends. One of them said something, and everyone suddenly started laughing. You don't understand why they're laughing, so you think to yourself:

I don't get it.

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I don't get it.

"I don't get it" is a way of saying "I don't understand." You say this when you don't understand something like:

  • a joke
  • an explanation
  • why a character in a movie acted in a certain way

You probably wouldn't say "I don't get it" if you don't understand things like:

  • what someone said (meaning the words, not the content)
  • an entire subject, such as Physics
  • something that's never been explained to you, and that you haven't even tried to understand

"I don't get it" is more casual than "I don't understand."