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    Unhappy Set out or set about

    Hi,
    I recently took a test at school and my teacher already gave everyone their results. Though there was one question I wasn't very happy with.

    The question went like this.
    please fill in the blanks with the suitable answer given.

    I reluctantly set______ whisking the eggs.
    A.out
    B.off
    C.about
    D.on

    I answered C but my teacher said it was A.

    Help.
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    Default Re: Set out or set about

    Hi pfft

    As a NES, but, I'm afraid, not a teacher, I would have answered the same as you.

    "I reluctantly set out to whisk the eggs" may also work, but isn't an option.

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    Your teacher was wrong. You were right.

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    Default Re: Set out or set about

    As a native AmE speaker, my natural reaction is use (c).

    Very slight difference in sound to my ear but "set out" sounds like a journey for the day. "Set about" sounds like something I prepared to do at that moment.

    Edit: I just re-read it, no way I would ever say (a) in this context.

    Not a teacher, Native AmE speaker

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    Default Re: Set out or set about

    Quote Originally Posted by pfft View Post
    Hi,
    I recently took a test at school and my teacher already gave everyone their results. Though there was one question I wasn't very happy with.

    The question went like this.
    please fill in the blanks with the suitable answer given.

    I reluctantly set______ whisking the eggs.
    A.out
    B.off
    C.about
    D.on

    I answered C but my teacher said it was A.

    Help.
    Thank You
    None of the options appears natural to this AmE-speaker. I would most likely use "started," "began" or "proceeded" with the infinitive.

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