Using git for the first time in a long time

I have just started using git.
I have created a repository.
Then, as I was instructed, I made a “git clone” command which consisted of “git clone” followed by a path.
I expected this to get the contents of the path and put it into my repository – meaning the directory I made. This did not happen. What do I do?
How do I get a local copy of a remote work space for me to work on?

You can get a copy of a remote repository by git clone $repo_url. Unless you really know what you are doing you should never run this within another git repository.

The command will create a new folder with the remotes repositories content, usually having the remotes configured default branch checked out already.

To change the branch you use git switch $branch_name within the repository.

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