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    #1

    to sort the problem

    Hi, could you please tell me which is more natural and correct?

    1) I would deal with it by having a conversation to sort the problem

    2) I would deal with it by having a conversation to sort out the problem

    3) I would deal with it by having a conversation to sort the problem out

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    #2

    Re: to sort the problem

    The second and third are fine. The first has, in my opinion, become acceptable.

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    #3

    Re: to sort the problem

    To sort the problem is not used in AmE. It's really common in BrE, in my experience, as in "We'll soon get this sorted!"

    None of the sentences are correct without appropriate punctuation at the end.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: to sort the problem

    For me, AmE, the second is the best (with appropriate punctuation).

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    #5

    Re: to sort the problem

    not a teacher

    In Aust/NZ English #2 and #3 have always been common. I increasingly hear constructions similar to #1, but usually in the "… get it/that/this sorted." style that GoesStation mentions.

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