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    to farm out

    If I didn't want to do the dishes, could I say I'm framing out doing the dishes to my brother?
    Last edited by ostap77; 17-May-2014 at 13:31. Reason: a typo

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    Re: to farm out

    It dosn't sound very natural to me.

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    Re: to farm out

    How would you use 'to farm out' in context?

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    #4

    Re: to farm out

    The company has farmed out many of its services to outside companies.

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    #5

    Re: to farm out

    Can I farm out things I don't wan to do to other people?

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    Re: to farm out

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Can I farm out things I don't wan to do to other people?
    Yes, but I wouldn't use it for a one time activity, as in your dishes example. I suppose it's similar to outsourcing. It's part of a contract. If
    doing the dishes was your regular chore, and you arranged for your brother to do it in future in exchange for a small allowance, you could almost use the term in fun. If your job was mowing the lawn, you could farm that out to a lawn mowing service. But I wouldn't use the term for doing that a single time. You could farm out your school assignments to a web-based homework-doing service.

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    Re: to farm out

    I think "farm out" is the older usage. More contemporary is "outsource."

    In terms of connotation "outsource" is far more international. In the gentler times of a few decades ago, firms might "farm out" some function to a more specialized local firm. Nowadays, when firms outsource a function, they typically send it a long way away, very often to India.

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    Re: to farm out

    And it is mostly done for economic reasons (cheaper workforce).
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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