Allan Chen
About it gets me/it gets to me/it annoys me. Greetings from China. I would like to discuss with you guys about a confusing English grammar, although I've check out them in the dictionary. But my dictionary and native speakers thought them differently, so I put here for everyone to discuss. I look forward to hear from you guys.

Background: My Dictionary says "It/what gets me" used to say that something really annoys you.

Someone thought "it gets me" is not a proper english, the preposition "to" should be put before me. It means "It gets to me=It annoys me", and "It gets to me" is commonly used in daily speaking rnglish.

Also, Someone thought "it gets me" is perfect English sentence, It means exactly the same as "It annoys me".

Look at the following these examples;

1, What gets me is that Tom is always curt whenever I talk with him about a specific case.

2, What annoys me is that Tom is always curt whenever I talk with him about a specific case

3, What gets to me is that Tom is always curt whenever I talk with him about a specific case.

The three sentences are fine and mean the same! Which one do you know is more correct?

May 20, 2018 2:41 AM
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They all mean the same thing, and they're all correct. Although none of them are really formal, some of them are more casual than others.

"What annoys me is"  - least casual

"What gets to me is" - more casual

"What gets me is" - most casual

May 20, 2018

Ok. Thank you. What is the most formal to say "it really annoys me"!

 "it really annoys me"! = is correct and formal

May 20, 2018
Ok. Thank you. What is the most formal to say "it really annoys me"!
May 20, 2018

I want to give a little background on this use of "get".

I believe it comes from the use of "get at" meaning to attack.  

For example a farmer might say a fox got at his chickens... meaning a  fox attacked and killed some of his chickens.

Or...My dog wants to get at the neighbors cat...meaning my dog wants to attack the cat.

So we say something "gets" us or "gets to" us when it "attacks" us in an irritating or bothersome or offensive way.

May 20, 2018
Thank you. I will have a loot.
May 20, 2018
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