What does have got it to mean in this sentence:

I've got it to work in the emulator running Q image

I know that we use have got to when we are saying that something is necessary. But I don't understand how it is applied to the above sentence.


The meaning is different because of the use of the pronoun it.

1. I have got to work.

This mean that you must perform some kind of job or activity.

It's actually more common to leave out the got:

I have to work. OR
I must work.

2. I have got it to work.

This means that you managed to get something else to perform some task:

I managed to make it function (operate).

In this case, it's more common to leave out the have:

I got it to work.


The machine was broken, but I got it to work after taking a look at an instruction manual.

In summary:

I have to work. (I have got to work.)
→ I must do some job.

I got it to work. (I have got it to work.)
→ I figured out how to make it do its job.

Note that there is another possible interpretation.

I (have) got it to work.
→ I have taken it to work.

In other words, got, in this context, can be synonymous with took.

You can only really know which of the two interpretations is meant from context.

This follows something similar with the sentence without the pronoun. Perhaps annoyingly, it can have two interpretations:

I got to work.
→ 1. I started working.
→ 2. I arrived at work.

As with I got it to work, you can only tell which interpretation is meant from context.

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