- OK, I'm starting to understand it.

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Egoexpress

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Hungary, Hungarian
Suppose you are being explained something you are not familiar with and you go like:

- OK, I'm starting to understand it.

meaning you don't really understand what is being said but you've got a faint idea about it. How could you paraphrase " OK, I'm starting to understand it"?
I'm interested in street-wise stuff as well.

Thank you!
 
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  • bibliolept

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    AE, Español
    "OK, I'm starting to understand it" is correct and idiomatic. I might also say "It's starting to sink in," "I'm starting to get it," or "it's starting to make [some] sense."
     

    bibliolept

    Senior Member
    AE, Español
    I'm beginning to understand it ... < good.
    I'm starting to understand it ... <not good.
    I wonder why?
    I wonder is it just me?
    I can see how "beginning" has just the slightest sense of "making some progress" while "starting" feels more like "just starting," but it is a very subtle and minuscule distinction to me. I would, I believe, normally treat them as equivalents. I'm only glimpsing the distinction to which I believe you are alluding after taking the words through their paces and trying them out in my head in other phrases or examples.
     

    Katejo

    Senior Member
    English - UK
    "I'm starting to understand it (or perhaps follow it?) sounds fine to me.

    Also perhaps "I'm starting to get my head round it"

    Katejo
     

    Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    I'm beginning to understand it ... < good.
    I'm starting to understand it ... <not good.
    I wonder why?
    I wonder is it just me?
    My first reaction was "it's just you, panj".

    Then I checked the British National Corpus.

    start to understand: 6 instances
    started to understand: 1
    starting to understand: 0

    begin to understand: 92 instances
    began to understand: 45
    beginning to understand: 39

    The very high number of instances of "begin to understand" may (I didn't check) be due to the common expression "I don't begin to understand".

    But it does seem that we tend to prefer "begin" with "understand".


    EDIT: Oh, and to answer the question;), another option would be "Light's beginning to dawn".
     
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