Here is some speech of Bill Gates.

"State budgets are big, big money -- I'll show you the numbers -- and they get very little scrutiny. The understanding is very low. Many of the people involved have special interests or short-term interests that get them not thinking about what the implications of the trends are. And these budgets are the key for our future."

Does anyone help me to understand about "that get them"?

  • the sense is...interests that make them not think about.. – user070221 Jan 24 '18 at 15:59
  • that get them not thinking about X = that cause them not to think about X = that make them not think about X – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Jan 24 '18 at 16:01
  • Ah, I understood well. So I have one question. Why use "that get them.." instead of "that make them..."? What is little difference between them? – Kristina Tregub Jan 24 '18 at 16:08
  • I'm assuming this wasn't a prepared speech. Something that gets people to think about something is a very common expression. It looks like Gates thought of this first, then realized he needed to negate it. The result is clumsy, but readily understood. – KarlG Jan 24 '18 at 16:14
  • Anyway, Thanks KarlG and all of them who added good comment. – Kristina Tregub Jan 24 '18 at 16:20

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