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    Dear native speakers:

    I've often heard this phrase. Does it mean it's a theory that works or a theory that's still being worked out/on?

    Thanks in advance
    Raen

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    Re: working theory

    It can mean both, depending on the context.

    Yippee! I've finally got a working theory.

    I'm not sure, but here's my working theory.

    The latter is more common.

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    Re: working theory

    Hi Raen

    A working theory is a theory in the works/in the making: a theory that's being tested.

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    Re: working theory

    Thank you people. I appreciate it.

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