I want to communicate to a person that her situation and conditions are understandable and I get it.


You're being understood.

the most accurate one? Is "understood" the best word in this context?

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    Can you say a bit more about what "her situation" is? A better term might be context dependant. – user3169 Mar 13 '15 at 20:08
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    How about "That's understandable", or "I understand you"? – Jojodmo Mar 14 '15 at 1:36
  • "I understand" and "I get what you're saying" are both valid options; I don't know that one is "more accurate" than the other. I also don't think you'll find a "best word"; as @user3169 says, a "best word" usually depends on the situation. – J.R. Mar 14 '15 at 10:36

Google suggests many, as well as a few of my own:

Although these are all options, yours fits the bill just fine, if not a little formal. For a word in a casual conversation or chat1 you might like to try:

"Yeah, I get you"

"It's all clear"

In summary, you've used the right word, but there are some good alternatives out there if you wish to use them!

1: Although that's not to say that "understood" would be completely inappropriate in a casual conversation!


To express sympathy, you could (and should) use different terms to those that describe a knowledgeable understanding. If the person is going through a bad time:

  • "I feel for you" (when the person is going through a bad time)
  • "I know how you feel"

Or, if the person is judging their actions (or themselves) in response to their situation and circumstances:

  • "You did the right thing"
  • "It's not your fault"
  • "You did the best you could"

Or, if you've been through a similar experience:

  • "I've been there"
  • "We've all been there" (if her situation is a common one)
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Why not just

"I understand."

It conveys personal contact, empathy, understanding, care.

"You're being understood"

just emphasises the distance between you & the victim …err… subject.

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A possible suggestion: clear - You're being clear.

If you want to express empathy with the speaker (as opposed to a more intellectual understanding), you can say:

I feel for you.

Feel for - sympathize with or feel sorry for someone (an idiom)

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    Unfortunately, clear is not necessarily a synonym to understandable. I can speak very clearly and express myself in a concise way - but you won't automatically understand what I'm saying. Especially in OPs example where he wants to express empathy. – Stephie Mar 13 '15 at 20:32
  • "I can dig it"? :-) – Doug Chase Mar 13 '15 at 21:18
  • I disagree with "Feel for". It implies an emotional connection, not one of intellectual understanding. – HarryCBurn Mar 13 '15 at 21:32
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    @Iplodman - I think the question could apply to either an intellectual or an emotional understanding, so I don't mind both options in an answer. That said, Darius – I don't think it's fair to edit the title of a question to fit your answer; instead, you should edit your answer to fit the question. – J.R. Mar 14 '15 at 10:31

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