I want to understand how to use the phrasal verb "carry out"

So my question is, Can I ask

How do you carry out your task? Which tools do you use?

and can I ask:

Do you still carry out your test?


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Carry out means to bring to a successful issue, complete or accomplish, or to continue to an end or stopping point (Merriam-Webster).


He carried out the task efficiently and cheerfully.

You can't say:

Do you still carry out your test?

...because "carry out" refers to perform and complete, not only to perform.


Yes, if you carry out a task, you do/perform the task:

I left her to carry out the task of correcting the errors.

You can also carry out a test:

Rigorous safety tests are being carried out (= conducted/performed/run) on the new jet.

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