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    • Join Date: Dec 2006
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    Think Up and Think Out

    What's the difference between "think up" and "think out"?

    • Join Date: Oct 2006
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    Re: Think Up and Think Out

    Can you think up a good question? = invent, develop

    Now think out a good answer. = use your reasoning to produce an answer.

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      • Native Language:
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      • United States
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    • Join Date: Mar 2007
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    Re: Think Up and Think Out


    In the US, you can "think through" a problem, and "think of" a solution, and "think up" (invent, just like you said), but "think out" sounds very odd here.

    [not a teacher]


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