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Tomahawk71
Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2012 2:23:08 AM

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You may remember the song "Alone" by Heart.
Wonderful music, unforgettable lyrics.
But I'd like to ask you a question.
What does "How do I get you alone" mean?


The lyrics of the song:

I hear the ticking of the clock
I'm lying here the room's pitch dark
I wonder where you are tonight
No answer on the telephone
And the night goes by so very slow
Oh I hope that it won't end though
Alone

Till now I always got by on my own.
I never really cared until I met you.
And now it chills me to the bone.
How do I get you alone?
How do I get you alone?

You don't know how long I have wanted
To touch your lips and hold you tight, oh
You don't know how long I have waited
And I was gonna tell you tonight
But the secret is still my own
And my love for you is still unknown
Alone

Till now I always got by on my own
I never really cared until I met you
And now it chills me to the bone
How do I get you alone
How do I get you alone
excaelis
Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2012 2:27:25 AM

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How can I see you privately to tell you how I feel.
Shivanand
Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2012 2:53:29 AM
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excaelis is spot on

Cheers!
Tomahawk71
Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2012 2:58:45 AM

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Thank you.
The Free Dictionary does not give that definition, doesn't it? There are so many definitions of "to get"! It's hard to tell.

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/get
stefanomarcelli
Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2012 3:32:05 AM

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lektem wrote:
Thank you.
The Free Dictionary does not give that definition, doesn't it? There are so many definitions of "to get"! It's hard to tell.

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/get


As an Italian I am not the right English man to give you the right answer, however to understand the verb "get" it is enough to think it is a sort of high potency of the verbs "have" "give" "receive" "make" and a few other dozens.

eat it - get it
buy it - get it
possess it - get it

et cetera...

True English men (in London as in New York :-) certainly will descend from the English Grammar Tower to deny, confirm or correct the poor opinion of a Latin alphabet inventors' descendant.

Stefano
richsap
Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2012 8:08:34 AM
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At the time that song came out I was dating a woman that worked at a bank. I changed the lyrics in honor of her... the title was changed to "How do I get you a loan?". Whistle
stefanomarcelli
Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2012 8:33:28 AM

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richsap wrote:
"How do I get you a loan?". Whistle


Fantastic!
SilvatungdaViel
Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2012 12:48:39 PM
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Quote:
I hear the ticking of the clock
I'm lying here the room's pitch dark
I wonder where you are tonight


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjU9nWdblHU&feature=related
Tomahawk71
Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2012 1:12:11 PM

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SilvatungdaViel wrote:
Quote:
I hear the ticking of the clock
I'm lying here the room's pitch dark
I wonder where you are tonight


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjU9nWdblHU&feature=related


The Moody Blues video? Why?
SilvatungdaViel
Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2012 1:28:36 PM
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almostfreebird
Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2012 3:58:52 PM
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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2012 5:11:53 PM

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stefanomarcelli wrote:
Quote:
True English men (in London as in New York :-) certainly will descend from the English Grammar Tower to deny, confirm or correct the poor opinion of a Latin alphabet inventors' descendant.

Ciao!
Well, I am a true English man in Scotland - but since all the others are playing music to each other, I will answer.

Quote:
As an Italian I am not the right English man to give you the right answer, however to understand the verb "get" it is enough to think it is a sort of high potency of the verbs "have" "give" "receive" "make" and a few other dozens.

You are absolutely right - 'get' is one of the words with the greatest number of definitions (I think 'put' has a few more).

It does include 'have', 'receive', 'make' and so on but with an idea of "to cause to happen" (which I think is what you mean by 'potency').
"To get someone to do something" is to cause them to do it by persuasion or force.
You can have money, or you can get off your ...chair, and get some. 'Get' involves effort (at least a little bit), 'have' does not.

"How can I get you alone?" means "How can I arrange things so that we are alone?"

There are a couple of the definitions that fit:
6 To succeed in communicating with
11a To cause to become or be in a specified state or condition


How can I cause you to be alone so I can succeed in communicating with you?

Tomahawk71
Posted: Friday, September 28, 2012 1:23:25 AM

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Drag0nspeaker wrote:
stefanomarcelli wrote:
Quote:
True English men (in London as in New York :-) certainly will descend from the English Grammar Tower to deny, confirm or correct the poor opinion of a Latin alphabet inventors' descendant.

Ciao!
Well, I am a true English man in Scotland - but since all the others are playing music to each other, I will answer.

Quote:
As an Italian I am not the right English man to give you the right answer, however to understand the verb "get" it is enough to think it is a sort of high potency of the verbs "have" "give" "receive" "make" and a few other dozens.

You are absolutely right - 'get' is one of the words with the greatest number of definitions (I think 'put' has a few more).

It does include 'have', 'receive', 'make' and so on but with an idea of "to cause to happen" (which I think is what you mean by 'potency').
"To get someone to do something" is to cause them to do it by persuasion or force.
You can have money, or you can get off your ...chair, and get some. 'Get' involves effort (at least a little bit), 'have' does not.

"How can I get you alone?" means "How can I arrange things so that we are alone?"

There are a couple of the definitions that fit:
6 To succeed in communicating with
11a To cause to become or be in a specified state or condition


How can I cause you to be alone so I can succeed in communicating with you?



Thank you Dragon. :)
excaelis
Posted: Friday, September 28, 2012 2:30:13 AM

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[quote=Drag0nspeaker


You are absolutely right - 'get' is one of the words with the greatest number of definitions (I think 'put' has a few more).





' Set ' has, I believe, the most pages of definition of any word in the OED.

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