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Phrasal verb "find out" #1 (permalink) Tue Oct 31, 2006 16:18 pm   Phrasal verb "find out"
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #85 "Common English Errors (1)", question 2

She ran over to the commotion to ......... what was happening.

(a) know about
(b) find more
(c) find
(d) find out

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #85 "Common English Errors (1)", answer 2

She ran over to the commotion to find out what was happening.

Correct answer: (d) find out
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why is "find out" the correct answer?

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Phrasal verb "find out" #2 (permalink) Tue Oct 31, 2006 18:20 pm   Phrasal verb "find out"
 

Hi,

Find out is a phrasal verb meaning discover and that's what she wanted to do.

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Phrasal verb "find out" #3 (permalink) Thu Feb 12, 2009 18:02 pm   Phrasal verb "find out"
 

Hi Mr Alan,

I understood the explanation of "find out", but why can't we use "know about"?
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Phrasal verb "find out" #4 (permalink) Thu Feb 12, 2009 19:16 pm   Phrasal verb "find out"
 

Hi Judith,

'Find out' means 'discover' in the sense of finding for the first time. 'Know about' really means 'have a kowledge of' which would be something you have all the time.

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Phrasal verb "find out" #5 (permalink) Thu Feb 12, 2009 19:20 pm   Phrasal verb "find out"
 

Many thanks for the explanation.
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Phrasal verb "find out" #6 (permalink) Tue Mar 17, 2009 20:18 pm   Phrasal verb "find out"
 

Please explain the expression:,,to run over to the commotion''?
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Phrasal verb "find out" #7 (permalink) Tue Mar 17, 2009 20:39 pm   Phrasal verb "find out"
 

Hi Saneta,

'Commotion' usually describes a lot of noise taking place where an incident has happened. 'Run over to the commotion' suggests that you hurry along to where the noise is to find out what is happening.

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Phrasal verb "find out" #8 (permalink) Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:39 pm   Phrasal verb "find out"
 

dear alan,
why we do not find replace find out.

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Phrasal verb "find out" #9 (permalink) Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:47 pm   Phrasal verb "find out"
 

Hi,

The addition of 'out' to 'find' indicates quite clearly that she wanted to know exactly what was happening. 'Find' on its own is simply see something that you want to get as in: The next day I went into the garden to find my spade which I had left out all night.

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