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The context as blow: How do you find your new apartment? The author says it means "what do you think of something" What do you think of your new apartment?

I have a feeling that this phrase means the way you looked for new apartment.Maybe through online or agent.

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"How do you find your new apartment?"

This question is ambiguous. It can be interpreted in two different ways, making either one of these answers correct:

  1. "I find it dirty and in need of repair."

In this interpretation, it's treated as a question to somebody, asking them what they think of their new apartment. The response is given by somebody else.

  1. "You find it by looking through rental listings. You could also hire a real-estate agent."

Here, it's interpreted as a question that's asking how people, in general, go about finding new apartments. The response can either be given by the same person who asked the question or it (rhetorically) can be answered by the same person who asked it.


It's impossible to know from the sentence alone which meaning is meant. It can only be determined from context.

If the author was saying there is only a single meaning that can be assigned to the sentence, then they are wrong. If they were talking about what meaning they had assigned to the sentence, then that's fine.

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The author is correct here. "How do you find XYZ?" is essentially asking your opinion of XYZ.

If you were to mean "the way you looked for new apartment", then may be you (or the author) would ask "How did you find your apartment?"

How do you find the rough FBI agent? That actually means how are you going to find him.

But "How do you find your apartment?" does not feel like someone is asking you how you actually find out where your apartment is.

"How do you find your apartment?" could mean what you said if you had the memory of a goldfish and kept forgetting your address every 10 seconds. Then you could have a gps set to guide you to your apartment. Then that question would be valid. And you could answer "By using the GPS/maps on my phone".

  • Again, what is the reason for the downvote? – AIQ Jul 15 at 0:03

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