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    Question Figure our vs. figure

    Hi. I have found that sometimes people use "figure" in the meaning of "figure out" (though I may be wrong). Nevertheless, I think I see the difference between the two, but sometimes I think that one may use "figure" instead of "figure out", and, then, I don't see the sense of using the latter. For example, consider the following sentences:
    1. "I figured out that this was a huge mistake."
    2. "I figured that this was a huge mistake."
    I heard both sentences used (and probably the latter even more often), and this caused my considerations, since both sentences have the meaning of "figure out", don't they? Dear teachers, are you able to help me out?

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    Nyggus

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    Default Re: Figure our vs. figure

    The way I look at the two is,

    "figure out" implies you put more work or thought into something than just plain "figured" or "figure"... also that your conclusion or answer with "figured out" is more likely to be correct than just plain "figured" or "figure", it shows more of a thought process and confidence to me.

    "I figure we should take the road heading east."

    You made a decision to go east but the reason for going east is not 100% clear in your mind, a guess or hunch?.

    "I figured out we should take the road heading east.""

    Sound like you are more certain about your decision. Sounds like more thought was put into the decision so it is more likely to be correct.

    Hope this helps a bit

    Chris
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    Cool Re: Figure our vs. figure

    Thanks, Saxonlight -- you have thrown light on this .

    Best,
    Nyggus

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