Sport Scene 2 - Language Focus

Rob and Stephen look at examples of ‘text speak’ and the different meanings of the phrasal verb ‘work out’.

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Submitted by May Thida Su on Sun, 04/04/2021 - 06:35

Is ' work the problem out ' = ' solve the problem out ' ?

Hello May Thida Su,

The phrases are:

  1. work a problem out / work out a problem
  2. solve a problem


We use work something out to describe the mental process of finding a solution. It's about using logic and knowledge. When we work something out we understand it, but we may not have done anything other than think so far.


We use solve something when the problem is overcome. This could be a mental process (solve a maths problem, for example) or something physical (solve a problem with the engine). 



The LearnEnglish Team

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