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    Cool word missing?

    Hi,

    Which sentence is correct:

    Find out the word missing.

    Find out the missing word.

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    Default Re: word missing?

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    Hi,

    Which sentence is correct:

    Find out the word missing.

    Find out the missing word.
    Find out the missing word.

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    Wink Re: word missing?

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    Hi,

    Which sentence is correct:

    Find out the word missing.

    Find out the missing word.
    They're both incorrect. The correct sentence here is "Find 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 01:35.

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    Cool Re: word missing?

    Quote Originally Posted by PROESL View Post
    They're both incorrect. The correct sentence here is "Find 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.


    Find out can't be synonym of "discover" ?

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    Default Re: word missing?

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    Find out can't be synonym of "discover" ?
    I'd say it can be, but this is colloquial and should, therefore, only be used in a colloquial context.

    I'm not a teacher, though.

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    Default Re: word missing?

    Quote Originally Posted by LeMoyne View Post
    I'd say it can be, but this is colloquial and should, therefore, only be used in a colloquial context.

    I'm not a teacher, though.

    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.


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    Cool Re: word missing?

    Quote Originally Posted by PROESL View Post
    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.

    Big fan of science fiction? Me too

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    Smile Re: word missing?

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    Big fan of science fiction? Me too

    I'm more into all the Star Trek programs, including the Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager.

    Have you seen the latest Star Trek movie, which is a prequel.


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    Cool Re: word missing?

    Quote Originally Posted by PROESL View Post
    I'm more into all the Star Trek programs, including the Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager.

    Have you seen the latest Star Trek movie, which is a prequel.

    No, I'll try to rent the DVD.

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