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    how to describe this case

    Hi, teachers.

    I want to describle the following fact in a vived, figurative way. Is there any English saying about this? Or could you share some expressions or inspirations with me?

    Some people are content with having a good tool while some others are not. They always want to see the inner structure, to be clear about the operating mechanism and to think about a way to improve it.

    Thank you in advance. ^_^

    Enydia

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    Re: how to describe this case

    Quote Originally Posted by enydia View Post
    Hi, teachers.

    I want to describle the following fact in a vived, figurative way. Is there any English saying about this? Or could you share some expressions or inspirations with me?

    Some people are content with having a good tool while some others are not. They always want to see the inner structure, to be clear about the operating mechanism and to think about a way to improve it.

    Thank you in advance. ^_^

    Enydia
    It's well known that some people "like to pull things apart to find out how they work." That's not an actually saying, but you can describe someone like that.
    Some children do it with toys.

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    Re: how to describe this case

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It's well known that some people "like to pull things apart to find out how they work." That's not an actually saying, but you can describe someone like that.
    Some children do it with toys.
    Good! Thank you! ^_^

    Is there a more profound expression that compares the two way how people deal with a tool?

    Any comments are welcome!


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    Re: how to describe this case

    I am not a teacher but thank you for asking for inspirations.

    If someone wants to have a complete understanding of something, she may be said to want to understand the "nuts and bolts" of the subject.

    Another idea: In some situations the following might be seen as a negative, if the person described is getting "bogged down" in trivial details. But, to really understand and do the necessary hard work required, someone may need to get "down in the weeds."

    Those are just some thoughts inspired by your question.

    Steve

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    Re: how to describe this case

    Quote Originally Posted by digitS' View Post
    I am not a teacher but thank you for asking for inspirations.

    If someone wants to have a complete understanding of something, she may be said to want to understand the "nuts and bolts" of the subject.

    Another idea: In some situations the following might be seen as a negative, if the person described is getting "bogged down" in trivial details. But, to really understand and do the necessary hard work required, someone may need to get "down in the weeds."

    Those are just some thoughts inspired by your question.

    Steve
    Very helpful. Thank you!

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