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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Yes, but that sentence doesn't work very well. Perhaps:

    • What I don't "get" at first I can always figure out sooner or later.


    What do you think?

    :)
    You are right, Ronbee

    Your sentence sounds to stand to reason.

    quote: Is "stand to reason" an expression meaning"clear and logical"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AUTOMOON
    Is "stand to reason" an expression meaning"clear and logical"?
    Close. You could say:

    • That is a sound explanation.
      That is a good explanation.
      That makes sense.
      That is as clear as a bell.


    Or a variation of one of those.

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    Thank you, RonBee

    Your tutor sounds and is easy to be figured out. :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by AUTOMOON
    Thank you, RonBee

    Your tutor sounds and is easy to be figured out. :P
    But not that one. :wink:

    You could say:
    • Your explanations are very helpful.
      You are a good tutor.
      You are a good teacher.
      Your explanations have been very helpful. (Presumably, you expect them to continue to be helpful.)
      With your help, I have learned a great deal.


    :D

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    You have given me lots of alternatives.
    Thanks.

    Do you think mine version is not idiomatic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AUTOMOON
    You have given me lots of alternatives.
    Thanks.

    Do you think mine version is not idiomatic?
    • Do you think my version is not idiomatic?


    Re:
    • Your tutor sounds and is easy to be figured out.


    Your -- adjective meaning "belonging to you"
    tutor -- a teacher, particulary of one or two pupils at a time
    sounds -- appears to be
    and -- a conjunction connecting two parts of a sentence
    is -- exists; a connecting verb
    easy -- not hard; not difficult; done without any difficulty; done with ease
    to -- a preposition
    be -- exists
    figured -- formed into a figure
    out -- not in

    Sentence:
    • Your tutor (your teacher) sounds (makes sounds) and is easy (and is not hard) to be figured out (to make into a figure).


    In short, no. (I have tried to show you why, but I am not sure I have done a good job of it.)

    Perhaps Cas or somebody can do a better job than I did of showing why that sentence doesn't work.

    :(

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    "Your tutor sounds and is easy to be figured out."

    Personally, "sounds" means " is great"---That is a sound idea.----, and " to figure out" means " to understand".

    I got "tutor"wrong:
    I thought "tutor" can be refered to instructions, while it only refers to a instructor.

    Does it make any sense to you, Ronbee?

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    Personally, "sounds" means " is great"---That is a sound idea.----
    Not exactly. A sound idea is one that is sensible. It could be a wonderful idea, but that is not what it means. Also, sounds could be a verb or a noun but not an adjective. It doesn't mean the same thing as sound.

    and " to figure out" means " to understand"
    Not exactly. To figure out something is to make sense out of it. It's the "figuring out" that brings you understanding. Once you have figured something out then you understand it. In other words, the figuring out is the process and the understanding is the result.

    I got "tutor"wrong:
    I thought "tutor" can be refered to instructions, while it only refers to a instructor.
    Yes, that's right. As a matter of fact, I have done some tutoring myself. (You don't need can be in the above sentence.)

    :)

    Rhyming Riddles
    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2248

    Brief Verse (Couplets)
    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1579

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    You told me sounds is not an adjustive.
    I am for it and followed in my sentence.

    We have:

    The room smells.------ The room smells bad.

    That is why I have:
    Your tutor sounds.------Your tutor sounds wonderful.

    Perhaps it is not to your language habbit in some way?

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    Not exactly. To figure out something is to make sense out of it. It's the "figuring out" that brings you understanding. Once you have figured something out then you understand it. In other words, the figuring out is the process and the understanding is the result.
    According to you,
    "Yourtutor is easy to be figured out." is wrong?

    Just as you mentioned, to figure out is a process.
    When the process was going on without any obstacles, the process is quite easy.-------Do you agree? :)

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