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Dear Ted:

Is it "to get into shape" or "to get oneself/yourself into shape"?

If both are possible, do they mean the same thing?

If not, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

Many, many thanks for your kind help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Is it "to get into shape" or "to get oneself/yourself into shape"?

If both are possible, do they mean the same thing?

If not, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

*** They mean the same thing. "Getting into shape" usually requires dieting and exercise.

EXAMPLES:

This spring, I intend to get into shape by losing twenty pounds.

If I keep my schedule of going to the gym each day, I should be able to get myself into shape by June.

Ted

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