Source: Lecture 3 | Programming Paradigms (Stanford) (It's a Youtube video, So just click the link and it will automatically take you to the exact moment he says it. I have put in a time stamp for you there.)


Let me just write a function I know you've seen before and it's actually charmingly simple for us to go out because this is all very difficult compared to what I'm about to write.

Specifically, I don't understand what for us to go out means.

  • 1
    This is new to me, but I'm guessing he meant "It's very simple to go on with" ?
    – Varun Nair
    May 4, 2016 at 13:19
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    I've not heard that phrase before. Mind you, I've only been speaking English for 42 years, so I've not heard everything. :) It sounds like a throwaway phrase, without any great meaning. I'd not worry about it, if I were you. If you're listening to programming paradigm talks from Stanford, you have bigger things to deal with!
    – Dave M
    May 4, 2016 at 13:22
  • Are you asking for the construction for + object + infinitive?
    – Schwale
    May 4, 2016 at 13:25

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He kind of mumbles at that point, but it may be that he's saying

It's charmingly simple for us to go on

The phrase "to go on" would mean "to preceed with".

I was hoping the closed captions would help, but those look like they were generated by speech recognition software; it's horribly wrong.


The guy stumbles a lot in his pronunciation (listen to ~46:26 eg). It could be that he intends to say "...go on", as Gabriel suggests, and that his tongue and his brain don't cooperate, perhaps because of other things or words (maybe write, which is both a word he says 2+ times and action he is thinking he has to perform); or he means "...go out", in which case I've no idea what he means, unless he wants this topic to be the one that class "goes out" (concludes) with.

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