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Dear Ted:

Do you say, "to check out something/to check something out" or "to check out for something"?

If both are possible, do they mean the same thing?

If not, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

Many, many thanks for your kind help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Do you say, "to check out something/to check something out" or "to check out for something"?

*** The first mean the same thing.  I did a Google search for "to check out for something," and the few results I got were not appropriate.  I advise using "check out for."  You can, however, use "look out for."


Would you please give me some examples?

I used my computer TO CHECK OUT SOMETHING online.

Before I invent in this company, I intend TO CHECK IT OUT.

Ted

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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

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