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“You got this” vs “You got it”. What’s the difference

What would you think if someone tells you “you got this”?

If you hear it for the first time you could think that it means that you have something.

But actually the expression means “you can do it”.

Usually, people say this in order to encourage someone who handles a challenge or a task.

Here’s an example from Cambridge Dictionary:
I know you can lose that weight! You got this!

The expression is widely used by coaches and educators who love to encourage their audience.

Here’s a cover of a self-help book for teenage girls called You Got This.

you got this meaning

Here’s my example:
Learning English could be frustrating sometimes but you got this!

“You got it” looks and sounds almost the same but the meaning is different.

Imagine a scene from a detective story. The police investigate a case. The chief gives his team various tasks: examine witnesses, make a list of suspects, etc. And one of the detectives replies: “You got it, boss.” What he’s saying is “sure, no problem. Think as it’s done.”

You don’t need to be a policeman to answer your boss with the same expression or to one of your colleagues or pals if they ask you to do something.

Hey Jerry, could you pick the phone while I’m away?
Sure. You got it.

You can also use “you got it” when you want to confirm that the person understood exactly what you had said or explained. The meaning is “yes, it’s exactly what I mean”.

you got it meme

Or when you confirm that the person is right.

–  Was it the right answer?
You got it!
(meaning: yes, you’re right).

Okay, that’s it. Let me know if it was useful and share your own examples in the comments. Can’t wait to hear from you!

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21 thoughts on ““You got this” vs “You got it”. What’s the difference

  1. I have no examples but it’s useful. I guess to say “I understand you” also possible to say “I got it” or “I got your point”.

    1. Tack för en jättebra förklaring ibland kan det verkar som amerikaner säger på ett sätt menar tvärtom ‘you got it’ är så förstår jag nu.

  2. Hi Vika,
    I realized I haven’t really thought about this two phrases. I think I’ve been using them interchangeably, which is apprearently not correct. Thank you, this is really helpful!

    1. Hey Ezgi, yep. I agree it’s the tricky one. I based my piece on what I found in dictionaries and in real examples from natives’ speeches (youglish) but you know I saw that in memes they also use these 2 expressions interchangeably)) Have a look

  3. Thanks a lot for the explanation. Very useful expressions. I was familiar only with the expression ‘you got it’.

    1. I got it ,thank you.
      I know that you’re going to be an amazing blogger, You got this :).

  4. Hey! Your English sounds better every day, you got this!!
    You want I take over the cooking while you are at phone, you got it!!

    1. Hey Mayi, awesome examples) thank you for sharing!

      If you allow I would suggest slight changes for your second sentence. As it’s a question we can use “do” at the beginning and also a set expression “be on the phone”. What if we change it to: “Do you want me to take over cooking while you are on the phone? You got it!”

  5. Here’s my example;
    You Got this!
    Well! In general, setting up a new business is easier said than done. But you got this! Go on and do as you planned.

    You got it!
    Hey Jack, I know it’s my turn to do the shopping for our households this week. But, I am feeling a little bit under the weather.
    Can you back me up to do it? Then, I’ll make up for it next time.
    Sure, you got it. Take a good care!


    1. Wow, Aung, so many phrasal verbs, nice work!
      If I may offer you just some suggestions for your awesome sentences:
      “Can you back me up on this.”
      “Then I will make it up for it next time.”
      “Take care of yourself! ”
      Thank you so much for your active participation!

  6. Thanks for letting me appreciate the difference between these two expressions. It was not until I heard my gym coach
    telling me :” you got this” that I got convinced I could actually finish my daily training.

    She explained me how I should exercise so I answered: you got it!,,

    1. Hey Dima, that’s a great observation! People use “I got it” when they’re going to to something quickly, like “I’ll do it in a second” or when they understand something (I understand you). “I get it” can also be used as alternative of “understand”. Additionally, it often used as a way to express sympathy for someone’s problems or to acknowledge an opinion. “You’re upset. I get it.” You can read more about this here thank you for an interesting question!

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