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    Default Re: Phrasal Verbs vs Verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by Mar Rojo View Post
    And no one suggested you should, so what is the point you are trying to make?
    I think the "point he is trying to make" is that, as Barb suggested, "find out" is much more natural than "discover" in everyday English.

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    Default Re: Phrasal Verbs vs Verbs

    I write for a living and I write in a business setting.

    Too many people think that business writing is all about being formal, fancified, and, frankly, pompous. I recently saw a post here about the passive saying that it was common in business writing. Oddly, it's the scientists and engineers who use that, not the professional communicators.

    I pretty much abhor writing for the educational setting. They often seem more intent on showing how much they know than heping other people understand what they have learned.

    I don't know if the OP wanted formal=academic or formal=business or formal=something else. If it's the 2nd of those, go with the phrasal, and readjust your idea of what formal means.

    I don't claim to be an expert in academic writing. Only an expert in knowing what I like to read.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Phrasal Verbs vs Verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I think the "point he is trying to make" is that, as Barb suggested, "find out" is much more natural than "discover" in everyday English.
    Yes, I'm sure that's true, but it has got nothing to do with the main question.

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    Default Re: Phrasal Verbs vs Verbs

    and readjust your idea of what formal means.
    So what does it mean? And why "readjust" and not "adjust", here?

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