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Is saying “I figured it out!” (past tense) correct usage?

Could a native English speaker use the phrase «I figured it out!» in an internet forum if he/she has suddenly understood something? Or would he/she say something like «I’ve got it!»

The matter is, one fellow (Russian native) translator said that an English speaker wouldn’t use a phrase in the past tense to say that he/she has understood something just now, but will employ the present tense.

That made me curious.

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Could a native English speaker use the phrase «I figured it out!» in an internet forum if he/she has suddenly understood something?

Yes, absolutely. Whether it’s correct is a more difficult question, and of course, language «correctness» itself is a difficult concept.

As a native speaker, I wouldn’t blink at that at all and might well say it. Other ways I might say it:

I’ve figured it out.

I’ve figured it out now.

Curiously, though, I would never say «I’ve figured it out now» in the context you gave, but I would in a different context, for instance if someone asked me if I still needed help: «No, thanks, I’ve figured it out now.»

I think this is entirely normal usage.

You could also say

which places emphasis on the fact that you presently understand it, while I figured it out places more emphasis on the solving of the problem — if it was particularly hard to grasp, this might be important. They often could be used in the same place, and neither would be wrong, and often would come down to personal preference.

I think you can use:

as a set phrase. Especially as an exclamation, I think you can say it this way.

I can’t believe it, but I figured it out!

But for the picky, one could say:

I’ve figured it out!

though in my opinion the «figured out» part did happen in the past.

Regarding «I’ve figured it out!» versus «I figured it out!»: generally I’d prefer the former as an exclamation. The latter is more what you might say if somebody else was trying to take credit for figuring it out, and you wished to correct them.

There’s nothing technically wrong with either of the above in terms of their meaning or grammar, but a native English speaker would be unlikely to use them as an exclamation, simply because they’re each too long. Aim for two or three syllables for a typical exclamation.

It would be strange to exclaim «I formed a hypothesis, and have confirmed it as valid through experiment!» That may be what you did, but «I’ve done it!» would convey the same meaning, and would sound better.

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double [three, four] figures — двузначные [трёхзначные, четырёхзначные] числа

target /control, key/ figures — контрольные цифры

in round figures — круглым счётом, округляя

income running into six figures — доход, выраженный шестизначным числом

pl. количественная информация, количественные данные; цифры

to be smart [quick] at figures — хорошо [быстро] считать

to be a poor hand at figures — быть не в ладах с арифметикой

диаграмма, рисунок, чертёж (в книге)

see figure 2 on page 5 — смотрите рис. 2 на с. 5

фигура, внешний вид, телосложение; облик, образ

a fine figure of a man — видный /представительный/ мужчина

the girl had a nice slender figure — у девушки была красивая стройная фигура

a garment adjusted to the figure — одежда по фигуре

to keep one’s figure — сохранить стройность, не располнеть

фигура, персона, личность

he was one of the greatest figures of his age — он был одним из самых выдающихся людей своего времени

public figure — общественный деятель

a person of figure — выдающаяся /замечательная/ личность

человек; кто-то, некто

I saw figures moving in the dusk — в полутьме я видел какие-то движущиеся фигуры; я видел, что в темноте кто-то ходит

изображение; портрет; статуя

lay figure — манекен (художника)

the wall was decorated with figures of beasts, birds, flowers — стена была украшена изображениями животных, птиц, цветов

a figure of a deer stood on the mantelpiece — на камине стояла фигурка оленя

(of) воплощение или предмет (чего-л.)

a figure of fun — предмет всеобщего осмеяния; посмешище

she was a figure of distress — она была само отчаяние

the couple cut quite a figure — эта пара произвела большое впечатление

риторическая фигура, троп (тж. figure of speech)

фигура (в танцах, фигурном катании, пилотаже)

узор (на ткани, бумаге)

a polka-dot figure — рисунок в горошек

to buy at a high [at a low] figure — покупать по высокой [по низкой] цене

what’s the figure? — сколько я вам должен?, сколько это стоит?

мат. фигура, тело

гороскоп (в астрологии)

to cast a figure — составить гороскоп

to cut /to make/ a conspicuous /good, great/ figure — играть важную роль

to cut /to make/ a little [poor, ridiculous] figure — играть незначительную [жалкую, смешную] роль

to cut no figure — преим. амер. не играть никакой роли, не иметь никакого значения; не производить никакого впечатления

to do things on the big figure — амер. делать что-л. в большом масштабе, поставить что-л. на широкую ногу

to miss a /one’s/ figure — амер. допустить грубую ошибку /просчёт/, просчитаться

глагол

изображать (графически, диаграммой и т. п.)

how do you figure it to yourself? — как вы это себе представляете?

амер. разг. считать, полагать

I figure that it will take three years — я считаю, что на это понадобится три года

I figure that you’d want your tea — я полагаю, что вам пора пить чай

will it explode? — John figures not

they backed him because they figured him an upright man — они поддерживали его, так как считали его честным человеком

they figured on extra income — они рассчитывали на дополнительный доход

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I figured on him leaving early — я надеялся, что он рано уйдёт

I figure on going into town — я думаю поехать в город

играть важную роль

the vice-president really figured in the company — в этой фирме вице-президент был (важной) фигурой

he will certainly figure in history — он, несомненно, войдёт в историю

the envoy figured often at court — посланник часто появлялся при дворе

his name figures on the list — его фамилия есть в списке

persons who figured in a robbery — лица, замешанные в ограблении

считать, подсчитывать; вычислять

to figure smth. in — включать что-л. в подсчёт

Have you figured in the cost of the hotel? — Ты включил в подсчеты стоимость проживания в отеле?

выполнять фигуры (в танцах, фигурном катании и т. п.)

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I figured as much.

Idiom Definition

«I figured as much.»

I have already thought about the situation/issue and have come to the correct conclusion.

Idiom Scenario 1

Two executives are talking .

Executive 1: I haven’t seen Eric for quite some time. Do you know what happened to him?

Executive 2: He was fired last week.

Executive 1: I figured as much. His performance had been quite poor for a long time.

Idiom Scenario 2

A traveller has stopped to ask for directions .

Traveller: Excuse me. I seem to have taken a wrong turn. I am pretty sure I know where I went wrong but could you confirm this for me, please?

Man: Sure. Where are you trying to go?

Traveller: I am headed for Tripoli.

Man: Look here on the map. You needed to have taken the left turn at the last intersection instead of the right turn that brought you here.

Traveller: I figured as much. Thanks.

I figured as much. — Usage:

formal X ->informal

Usage Frequency Index: 17

I figured as much. — Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for I figured as much.

I figured as much. — Examples:

1)В Thanks for your tips on the avocado,В IВ figuredВ asВ muchВ that they just took awhile to sprout, guess I just get impatient.

2)В Thanks for your lovely messages.В IВ figuredВ asВ muchВ about Richard but I had to attempt to redeem myself.

3)В Ah, OK.В IВ figuredВ asВ much, but some of the replies earlier in the thread had me wondering.

4)В . browse presets, but when I couldn’t find anything by trial and errorВ IВ figuredВ asВ much.

5)В . confirm that this is not possible at all in the current set-up. IВ figuredВ asВ much, but just wanted to confirm it.

6)В . found this old thread on the forums saying it can’t be done. IВ figuredВ asВ muchВ which is why I’ve spent the afternoon redesigning my application so that .

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7)В Seriously, who had Russia? Anyone? No-one?В IВ figuredВ asВ much.

8)В (I should have put those in maybe single quotes). «IВ figuredВ asВ much, but that’s my issue with the essay .

9)В . while it keeps going. wake up and then shake your head Person:В IВ figuredВ asВ much. PTI supporter: He just didn’t understand the question and it .

10)В . silly but I think maybe they just don’t understand. # Yeah,В IВ figuredВ asВ much. They were nice girls in college, but probably just not into .

11)В . huge component of contract preparation, contingency allowances, and ultimately profit. #В IВ figuredВ asВ much. It is hard to convey frustration through the keyboard though if you .

12)В IВ figuredВ asВ much, but it was nice to have you and Eric comment on the .

13)В Everyone has their problems it seems.В IВ figuredВ asВ much, Garrus stopped me for what seemed like a whole hour on my .

14)В . planet’s gravitational affect/non affect on Earth in the event of their loss.В IВ figuredВ asВ much, but it’s good to hear it from folks a lot more .

15)В . it mirrored their own experience. Very nice work missing that though. #В IВ figuredВ asВ much, TB.

16)В . , and the main language of East European Jews was Yiddish. #В IВ figuredВ asВ much, but was still surprised to see it was such an emotional word .

17)В From start to finish. it was three months of non-stop laughing. WeВ figuredВ asВ much. Watch the clip featuring band members Tagore Grey and Ben Brookland below .

18)В . to be some bleeping and censoring on the show. Yeah,В weВ figuredВ asВ much.

19)В This is def not obito. Kishi is fukin with us all. В FiguredВ asВ much. I believe his motive has something to do with Rin.

20)В Thanks Mark, figuredВ asВ muchВ from TChong’s comment.

I Figured That Much. What Does This Phrase Mean?

Please, let me know the meaning of it.

I figured that much.

If possible, put this expression in context.

Thanks in advance.

Anonymous I figured that much.

Also, I figured as much. (= I already [figured / guessed / imagined] as much as that.)

Depending how closely you want to paraphrase it, it means any of these things.

I thought so.
I made that conclusion already.
I already supposed that to be true.
It doesn’t surprise me to hear that.

I had already followed the logic of the situation as far as that point.

it means ‘I realised that’ or ‘I already worked that out’ ‘I already know’. its really used as sarcasm, its a joke.

. If someone said ‘its raining’ — then someone could say ‘I figured that much’

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