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Could I use the verb "figure" as in the following sentence?
"He's doing a great job. He figures to have been a very good student in college."
Is it the "n" or the "o" that's tripping you up?
Figures does not mean seems.
In the example you provided, figures means that the golfer in question is counting on being a part of the Utes team next season.
In this sense "figures to be" is a phrasal verb which is used informally and means to count or rely on something happening or being the case in the future.
I could have been misled by defenition b) in a dictionary. Could I get advice if defenition b) is accurate?
"2 US, informal a [+ obj] : to understand or find (something, such as a reason) by thinking
▪ Their reasons for doing this are hard to figure. [=figure out] ▪ I've finally figured [=figured out] a way to manage my time better. ▪ We've got to figure [=find] a way out of this mess.
b [no obj] : to appear likely to do something
▪ She figures to finish by noon. ▪ He doesn't figure to win. [=he probably won't win]"
Last edited by ostap77; 13-Oct-2011 at 12:15.
Last edited by 5jj; 13-Oct-2011 at 12:19. Reason: ps added