April 24, 2014

Phrasal verb: work out

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1. To work out something (or work something out) is to think about it and understand it, or to find the solution to a problem.

Examples of use:

a) She worked out why her car was making a horrible noise.

b) He can't work out why she doesn't return his calls.

c) She can't work him out. Some days he's happy, some days he's sad.


2. To work out (or work something out) is to do a mathematical calculation in order to find the answer to a mathematical problem.

Example of use:

Please be quiet. I'm trying to work out this question for my maths homework.


3. To work out is to exercise your body in order to improve your health and appearance.

Examples of use:

a) Robert works out on his rowing machine every day.

b) Working out regularly will help you stay fit and healthy.


infinitive
work out
present simple
work out and works out
-ing form
working out
past simple
worked out
past participle
worked out


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