Which sentence is correct:
Find out the word missing.
Find out the missing word.
find out - This means "get information". I have to find out where the missing word is.
find - This means locate. I have to find (locate) the missing word.
Find the missing word. - Locate the missing word.
Find out which word is missing. - Identify the missing word.
Last edited by PROESL; 01-Aug-2009 at 02:35.
Depending on how one uses it, "find out" could be very similar and close in meaning to "discover", if not the same. It could be splitting hairs to distinguish between "discover" and "find out" in the following example sentence.
He found out who's been sending him anonymous letters. = He discovered who's been sending him anonymous letters.
Kirk and the the crew of the Enterprise discovered a new solar system. - In this sentence "discover" does not mean "find out". Kirk and his crew didn't find anything out. They stumbled upon something (discovered something), quite by accident perhaps.