LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
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I am not sure you are interested, but there is a more technical explanation for your question.
Some English phrasal verbs are classified as separable. This means that you may either keep the phrasal verb together and put the object after it, or split up the phrasal verb with the original object:
The metaphor gets across the idea well.
The metaphor gets the idea across well.
However, if you decide to substitute the object by a pronoun, you must split up the phrasal verb with the pronoun:
The metaphor gets it across well.
In all the examples above, you followed the rules of separable phrasal verbs, what guarantees that the phrasal verb keeps its original meaning: to succeed in communicating something.
On the other hand, if you decide not to follow the rules above, you may end up with a grammatically wrong sentence, or even change the meaning of the phrasal verb, as in the following sentence:
The metaphor gets across it well. (WRONG)
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