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    Hi

    I have some questions regardin the sentece below:

    1. I wonder if it makes sense. I think we should say she always sweats it out while waiting for her tests' results.

    she is going to try to sweat it out and finish the test.

    2. Shall we say "she is going to try not to sweat it out and finish the test"?

    3. Does "is going to" mean wants in this context?

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    Re: Sweat something out

    Quote Originally Posted by Venus.jam View Post
    Hi

    I have some questions regarding the sentence below:

    1. I wonder if this makes sense. I think we should say: She always sweats it out while waiting for her tests' results.

    She is going to try to sweat it out and finish the test.

    They can both be okay, depending on context. Remember that it is a pronoun, so we might wonder what she's sweating out.


    2. Shall we say: "She is going to try not to sweat it out and finish the test"? That doesn't make much sense. Again, what is the it? The test? The waiting?

    3. Does "is going to" mean "wants" in this context? No.
    Remember that "sweat it" and "sweat it out" mean different things.

    Sweat it = worry.
    Sweat it out = endure it.

    So when you say "sweat it out," we want to know what she is enduring. The test? The waiting? Something else?
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Question Re: Sweat something out

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Remember that "sweat it" and "sweat it out" mean different things.

    Sweat it = worry.
    Sweat it out = endure it.

    So when you say "sweat it out," we want to know what she is enduring. The test? The waiting? Something else?
    So the following definition seems to be not a good and clear one.

    1. Is it correct to define "sweat something out" as: to wait anxiously; worry while waiting?

    I think we should say wait anxiously but endure it. Moreover, "worry while waiting" seems to be a good definition for "sweat it" and not "sweat something out". Again I think we should add something like "but endure it" to the end of "worry while waiting" to mean "sweat something out". Am I right?

    2. Why not "I wonder if it makes sense"?

    3. So what is the meaning of "is going to" in the previous post?




    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dict...h/sweat-it-out

    informalto wait nervously for an unpleasant situation to end or improve:
    Last edited by Venus.jam; 17-Dec-2016 at 07:42.

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