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Dear Ted:

At the end of your fine explanation of "The DROP," you wrote the following:

That's how I figure it out.  Maybe someday I'll GET TO read the novel.

My question is this:

Grammatically, what does "get to" mean in the above sentence? I'm asking this because I'm trying to think of a synonym for "get to," but nothing comes to mind.

Also, would you please give me some examples of "get to" used with the same meaning as you did in your closing sentence?

Again, thank you very much for the help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

At the end of your fine explanation of "The DROP," you wrote the following:

That's how I figure it out.  Maybe someday I'll GET TO read the novel.

My question is this:

Grammatically, what does "get to" mean in the above sentence? I'm asking this
because I'm trying to think of a synonym for "get to," but nothing comes to
mind.

Also, would you please give me some examples of "get to" used with the same
meaning as you did in your closing sentence?

*** Think of my reading the novel as a goal to be achieved.  "Get to" means to REACH
that goal.  So, two synonyms are "reach" and "achieve."

EXAMPLES:

I have always wanted to visit Italy, and, eventually I intend to GET TO that beautiful country.

I had to postpone working on my doctorate, but, in two years I will GET BACK TO school in order to complete my studies.

Jack is on a strict diet.  He is hoping to GET his weight DOWN TO 175 pounds.

I am saving my money, so that I will GET TO take the world tour that I have always dreamed of.

Ted

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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

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B. A. and M. A in English; MSIS in Library & Information Sciences; graduate study in philosophy

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