Alex had been trying to get the film made for more than twenty years.

Would anybody explain the sentence readily?

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    Please say which parts you understand, and which parts you do not understand. For example, “What does ‘get the film made’ mean in this sentence?” would be a better question, if that is what you want to know—although even then you'd want to explain why Google didn't help. – Tyler James Young Mar 18 '14 at 18:36
  • To "get something done" means to accomplish a task. To "get something made" means to accomplish an act of making. This often implies interaction with others, as in this case. – BobRodes Mar 18 '14 at 20:43
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    @BobRodes But get something done can also mean cause something to be done, as in this case. I got my car fixed means somebody else fixed it. – StoneyB on hiatus Mar 19 '14 at 1:46

It could mean, ...

During that period of time (which is more than twenty years), ...
Alex kept trying to turn his idea into a film, or ...
Alex kept trying to get his film making project funded, started, and finished.

The exact meaning would be easy to see once we know the context.

  • I think that actually nails it with or without additional context. – Jolenealaska Mar 18 '14 at 20:33
  • "being" needs to be ommitted from the example sentence, however. "Alex kept trying to get his film making project funded, started, and finished" is correct. – BobRodes Mar 18 '14 at 20:45
  • @BobRodes I was reluctant to say "get it funded" because the OP seems to be confused by "get it made", so I twisted my own choice of words, and then it was ungrammatical. Thank you for the comment. Edited. – Damkerng T. Mar 18 '14 at 20:48

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