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    figure out

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    Barely tasted porridge, he began to corner of his eye to monitor the manipulation of witches and figure out what game she led.

    figure out = find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of; make out

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    Last edited by vil; 24-Oct-2010 at 17:22.

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    Re: figure out

    YES

    There is the additional idea of calculation, working out (BrE), so guess is not too apt.

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    Re: figure out

    Barely tasted porridge, he began to corner of his eye to monitor the manipulation of witches and figure out what game she led.
    That's a very ungrammatical sentence. Are you sure you have transcribed it carefully enough?

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    Re: figure out

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    That's a very ungrammatical sentence. Are you sure you have transcribed it carefully enough?
    He might have been fed up with thousands of novels that he had read and looked all those idioms up before he read this one.

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    Re: figure out

    The “ungrammatical” sentence is from the novel The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy.

    A man and a woman ordered a bowl of hot, steaming porridge and sat down to eat it slowly. While everything went well: wheat porridge, as the woman said, was nourishing, and more suitable food could be found within the four seas, though, truth be told, those who are not accustomed to it, at first could hardly please the inflated value of wheat grain with a lemon seed, which floats on the surface.
    However, in this tent was going on something that is not immediately apparent, but the man, urged by the instinct of a vicious nature, quickly sensed it. Barely tasted porridge, he began to corner of his eye to monitor the manipulation of witches and figure out what game she led. He winked at her and in response to her nod stretched out his bowl, then she pulled out from under the table a bottle, stole a portion of the measured and poured into a porridge. It was the rum. Man, too, secretly gave her in payment of money.

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    Re: figure out

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    The “ungrammatical” sentence is from the novel The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy.

    A man and a woman ordered a bowl of hot, steaming porridge and sat down to eat it slowly. While everything went well: wheat porridge, as the woman said, was nourishing, and more suitable food could be found within the four seas, though, truth be told, those who are not accustomed to it, at first could hardly please the inflated value of wheat grain with a lemon seed, which floats on the surface.
    However, in this tent was going on something that is not immediately apparent, but the man, urged by the instinct of a vicious nature, quickly sensed it. Barely tasted porridge, he began to corner of his eye to monitor the manipulation of witches and figure out what game she led. He winked at her and in response to her nod stretched out his bowl, then she pulled out from under the table a bottle, stole a portion of the measured and poured into a porridge. It was the rum. Man, too, secretly gave her in payment of money.
    This is a garbled version of the original.

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