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Is it correct to say that What are you going to get him? means What are you going to give him?

Can get be used to mean give?

What are you going to get him?

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  • In this context, 'yes!' But beware, they are not interchangeable all the time. Compare: You wanna see Niagara? Okay, I'll get you there, NOT give you!
    – Maulik V
    Sep 11, 2017 at 9:54
  • @MaulikV nice, can you pick me up around 3?
    – oerkelens
    Sep 11, 2017 at 10:10
  • @Kiamlaluno, thank you for editing. And thank you gays for answering.
    – Pari
    Sep 12, 2017 at 2:16

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The "get" implies

What are you going to get him from the shops?

which means the same as

What are you going to give him?

So "get" does not mean "give", although the sentences mean the same. It is not giving, but obtaining the present, so when someone says

I have got him a hat.

It means they have bought a present but not yet given it.

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    It may also be an ellipsis of prepositions: What are you going to get for him, and What are you going to give to him.
    – Davo
    Sep 11, 2017 at 11:00

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