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Lee
How do you use "figure out" in your daliy life? Thank you.
Nov 4, 2012 4:21 PM
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Think of "figure out" as finding a result for a problem, or in other words, "solving" either a problem, a conflict, or an uncertainty. The easiest example to understand is with a math problem. You are given numbers (or in this case, figures), then you use those figures to solve, or "figure out" your problem. This can be used outside of math as well, here are some examples: I'm not sure what I'm going to do to earn the money for rent this month, but I will figure something out. Something doesn't seem right, so I'm going to figure out what's going on. Person 1: "I don't know how I feel about our relationship anymore." Person 2: "Well, figure it out!" So in all of these it's used either as a way of solving a problem, or (in the second example) finding information to solve a mystery. "Figure out" is commonly used in spoken English, so it is an important idiom to understand. :)
November 4, 2012
Let's figure out a way to help you (Try to find a way to help you) Could you figure out the answer of question 2? (Ask someone that he/she could solve the question) BTW, the "figure out" is an informal word, should not be used in formal sentences.
November 4, 2012
Lee
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English
Learning Language
English