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    figure for seem

    Could I use the verb "figure" as in the following sentence?

    "He's doing a great job. He figures to have been a very good student in college."

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    Re: figure for seem

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Could I use the verb "figure" as in the following sentence?

    "He's doing a great job. He figures to have been a very good student in college."
    No.

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    Re: figure for seem

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    No.
    So I can't use it to mean to appear likely to do something ? Or it's just the use of the present perfect?

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    Re: figure for seem

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    So I can't use it to mean to appear likely to do something ? Or it's just the use of the present perfect?
    You can't use it to replace "seem".

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    Re: figure for seem

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    So I can't use it to mean to appear likely to do something ?
    No doubt you will come up with some example in which it might be interpreted in that way, but the simple answer is "No".

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    Re: figure for seem

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    No doubt you will come up with some example in which it might be interpreted in that way, but the simple answer is "No".
    In fact I already did! "Engle figures to be in the mix for Utes"! I guess "figures" in this one means "seems"? Mail Tribune (Southern Oregon's News Source).
    Last edited by ostap77; 13-Oct-2011 at 10:46.

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    Re: figure for seem

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    In fact I already did! "Engle figures to be in the mix for Utes"! I guess "figures" in this one mean "seems"? Mail Tribune (Southern Oregon's News Source).
    I'd say it's more likely to mean "Engle thinks he's going to be in the mix..."

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    #8

    Re: figure for seem

    Ostap77 -
    Is it the "n" or the "o" that's tripping you up?
    Figures does not mean seems.
    In the example you provided, figures means that the golfer in question is counting on being a part of the Utes team next season.
    In this sense "figures to be" is a phrasal verb which is used informally and means to count or rely on something happening or being the case in the future.

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    Re: figure for seem

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I'd say it's more likely to mean "Engle thinks he's going to be in the mix..."

    I could have been misled by defenition b) in a dictionary. Could I get advice if defenition b) is accurate?

    "2 US, informal a [+ obj] : to understand or find (something, such as a reason) by thinking
    ▪ Their reasons for doing this are hard to figure. [=figure out] ▪ I've finally figured [=figured out] a way to manage my time better. ▪ We've got to figure [=find] a way out of this mess.
    b [no obj] : to appear likely to do something
    ▪ She figures to finish by noon. ▪ He doesn't figure to win. [=he probably won't win]"
    Last edited by ostap77; 13-Oct-2011 at 11:15.

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    Re: figure for seem

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    b [no obj] : to appear likely to do something
    ▪ She figures to finish by noon. ▪ He doesn't figure to win. [=he probably won't win]"
    That dictionary defintion does not seem to me to reflect normal usage. Which dictionary was it from?

    ps (a little later). My apologies. I have checked some of the examples in COCA, and it does seem to have that meaning at times. It's new to me.
    Last edited by 5jj; 13-Oct-2011 at 11:19. Reason: ps added

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