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    #1

    track down v. find v. hunt v. locate

    I newly encountered with the word "track down" so now I am trying to understand it.

    I would like to ask which of the following is in the same sense with the original and colloquail?

    Original:I need to track down a computer so I can check my e-mails.

    1. I need to find a computer so I can check my e-mails.
    2. I need to hunt a computer so I can check my e-mails.
    3. I need to locate a computer so I can check my e-mails.
    4. I need to hunt a computer so I can check my e-mails.

    https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/track_down

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: track down v. find v. hunt v. locate

    #2 and #4 are the same. Regardless, I would say 'hunt for a computer'.

    They all need a comma before the conjunction 'so', but otherwise #1 and #3 are okay.

    I would also likely use 'look for' in this context, but with the suggested corrections they all mean the same and are equally colloquial.
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