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find/find out/know

Find describes the successful outcome of a search or adiscovery.

Our company hopes to find oil off the coastof Mexico.

Alexander Fleming found a mold growing inhis bacteria culture.

Find out describes a change in knowledge that thesubject has about the world. First the subject is unaware of the fact; then thesubject becomes aware of the fact.

We found out why the pipes were corroding soquickly.

Know describes the information that the subject hasavailable at any given time. Know is a state verb and does not appear in the progressive.

We knew that there was little chance ofsuccess, but we tried the experiment anyway.


She is knowing three chemicals that willserve our purposes.


She knows three chemicals that will serveour purposes.

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