to work sth out

by | Last updated Apr 19, 2019 | Phrasal verbs | 2 comments

to work sth out

by | Last updated Apr 19, 2019 | Phrasal verbs | 2 comments

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Language: B2 (Upper-Intermediate)  //  Accent: English (Northern England)

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Language: B2 (Upper-Intermediate)  //  Accent: English (Northern England)

, TV.

I've , but reason I how the new TV.

I've tried , but for reason I can't out how to on the new TV.

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to work sth out

to work something out = to find the solution to a problem.

The phrasal verb is often used with mathematical problems e.g. I'm not telling you what 56 divided by 8 is. Work it out yourself). However, it can also be used for more general problems e.g. I can't work out why Sarah broke up with me. I thought everything was going really well.


'For some reason' can be used to communicate the fact that you don't understand why something happened, and that you think it is strange or surprising. e.g. For some reason the bank has blocked my card. I couldn't pay for my shopping in the supermarket.

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  • When you go out for a meal with a group of friends, do you prefer to work out how much people should pay individually, or do you just split the bill?divide the bill equally

  • Think of something you can't understand or explain. Tell me about it, starting with: "I can't work out how/why/when...".

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1) It depends, really I prefer to pay individually what I’m going to eat.
2) I can’t work out why It costs me so much to get up early, each time the alarm goes off is a living hell.

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