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.
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”.
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!