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What does 'to try something out' mean?


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What does 'to try something out' mean? #1 (permalink) Wed Dec 29, 2004 18:41 pm   What does 'to try something out' mean?
 

Test No. incompl/elem-17 "White Water Rafting", question 4

Really, then it's about time you tried it ..........

(a) in
(b) out
(c) on

Test No. incompl/elem-17 "White Water Rafting", answer 4

Really, then it's about time you tried it out.

Correct answer: (b) out

Your answer was: incorrect
Really, then it's about time you tried it in.
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why tried it out?

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Try out #2 (permalink) Wed Dec 29, 2004 19:40 pm   Try out
 

This means experience something, usually for the first time.
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Try out #3 (permalink) Thu Dec 30, 2004 10:24 am   Try out
 

Hi Angie,

You might want to take a look at this post, too: Try out vs. dry out

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Try out #4 (permalink) Mon Aug 01, 2005 20:31 pm   Try out
 

Hi,

Could you explain to me what a word about means in this sentence?

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What does 'to try something out' mean? #5 (permalink) Wed Jan 17, 2007 18:20 pm   What does 'to try something out' mean?
 

Hi Simon,

It's about time is a set phrase that used when something should be done immediately or something should have been done already. Please, also take a look at this: Difference between 'on time' and 'about time'

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What does 'to try something out' mean? #6 (permalink) Thu May 17, 2007 17:01 pm   What does 'to try something out' mean?
 

Hello!

Really, then it's about time you tried it out.

Why do we use tried and not try here?
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What does 'to try something out' mean? #7 (permalink) Thu May 17, 2007 17:05 pm   What does 'to try something out' mean?
 

the clause is it's (about, high) time I(he, she, whatever) + past simple
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What does 'to try something out' mean? #8 (permalink) Thu May 17, 2007 17:10 pm   What does 'to try something out' mean?
 

Thank you very much for the explanation, lost-soul. I didn't know that such a clause existed.
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What does 'to try something out' mean? #9 (permalink) Fri May 18, 2007 10:27 am   What does 'to try something out' mean?
 

Snoopy_Blah_Blah wrote:
Hello!

Really, then it's about time you tried it out.

Why do we use tried and not try here?

To add to what Lost Soul said, this is an example of the subjunctive form.
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What does 'to try something out' mean? #10 (permalink) Tue Aug 19, 2008 6:26 am   What does 'to try something out' mean?
 

Can the sentence "it's about time us to have a snack" be equated to the sentence "it's high time us to have a snack"?
Thanks beforehand for a reply :)

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What does 'to try something out' mean? #11 (permalink) Tue Aug 19, 2008 7:06 am   What does 'to try something out' mean?
 

Hi Maryann,

The two expressions would be written: It's about time for us to have a snack or It's about time we had a snack.
It's high time for us to have a snack or It's high time we had a snack. I would suggest that the second version in both expressions is more common.

The difference is that 'high time we had' suggests that we really must have a snack and 'about time we had' suggests it would be a very good idea to have a snack. In other words 'high time' is more urgent/pressing than 'about time.'

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What does 'to try something out' mean? #12 (permalink) Tue Aug 19, 2008 7:22 am   What does 'to try something out' mean?
 

Thanks a lot, Alan, for explanation. I got it :)
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What does 'to try something out' mean? #13 (permalink) Thu Apr 02, 2009 22:36 pm   What does 'to try something out' mean?
 

why can't I use try on here?or is it about clothes only?
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What does 'to try something out' mean? #14 (permalink) Tue Sep 22, 2009 10:48 am   What does 'to try something out' mean?
 

What is the name in grammar of the small and annoying words like: up, out, off. I never know how to use properly. Check out... Take off... take over... get up....get out.... where can I find out (here we go...an example) an explanation and examples about that?
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What does 'to try something out' mean? #15 (permalink) Thu Sep 24, 2009 8:47 am   What does 'to try something out' mean?
 

Hi, Livia. The name of those small and annoing words is PREPOSITIONS. In combination with verbs they are called Phrasal Verbs. You can easily find hundreds of such dictionaries on i-net with detailed explanation. Here is the link to one of them.

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