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Could you say if I'm correct translating the following sentence:

And I'd like to see about getting Harry some contacts.

like

And I'd like to see about providing Harry with some contacts.

I'm asking this because I couldn't find any hmm... evidence of existence such a language construction (to get {somebody} {something}), and not sure about the accuracy of the interpretation.

  • Can you give us more context? What contacts are we talking about? – Kaique Mar 19 at 21:09
  • @Kyle, Basically it's about getting business contacts. – Alexander Mar 19 at 21:11
  • I would've said "I'd like to get Harry the phone number for so and so", instead of forming the phrase like that. – Kaique Mar 19 at 21:14
  • Both are correct just the phrase structure that needs to change. – Kaique Mar 19 at 21:15
  • Maybe "I'd like to see if could get Harry..." Would sound better. – Kaique Mar 19 at 21:16
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"To get somebody something" is to acquire something for somebody. If it's a physical object, it means you acquire it and give it to them. If it's not a physical object, then the precise meaning will depend on exactly what it is.

Examples:

"I'm just going to the shop, do you want anything?"
"Yeah, could you get me some Doritos?"

"Hey, Harry, I haven't seen you in a while. What brings you here?"
"Well, I was trying to my daughter a work experience placement. Any chance you could help out?"

This is, essentially, another way of saying "get something for somebody".

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