Could someone please tell me if in AmE the phrasal verb "work out" in the sense of "finding an answer to a question" is in common use and sounds natural and idiomatic to everyone or not; (I think it is used only in BE!) Please have a look on the following example:

  • I still can’t work out how they knew about our relationship. --- I don't know too.

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  • This really is a dictionary look-up question. Most dictionaries give you the option of looking up a word in AmE or BrE. Or, they will tell you in a definition if the word is particularly AmE or BrE. – user6951 Jan 22 '15 at 14:30

It is used in American English in the same way.


  • I agree that it's grammatical and understandable. Still, I think figure out might be more common in this context. – J.R. Jan 22 '15 at 23:25

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