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Inflections of 'find' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
finds
v 3rd person singular
finding
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
found
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
found
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
WordReference Collins English Usage © 2020
find
result of a search
If you find something you have been looking for, you see it or learn where it is. The past tense and -ed participle of find is found.
I eventually found what I was looking for.
Have you found your keys yet?
Be careful
When find has this meaning, don't use ‘out’ after it. Don't say, for example, ‘I eventually found out what I was looking for’.
‘discover’
Discover is sometimes used instead of ‘find’. Discover is a rather formal word.
The bodies of the family were discovered by police officers on Tuesday.
If you cannot see the thing you are looking for, you say that you cannot find it.
I think I'm lost – I can't find the bridge.
However, don't say that you ‘cannot discover’ something.
noticing something
You can use find or discover to say that someone notices an object somewhere.
Look what I've found!
A bomb could be discovered and that would ruin everything.
Come across has a similar meaning.
They came across the bones of an animal.
obtaining information
If you find, find out, or discover that something is the case, you learn that it is the case.
Researchers found that there was little difference between the two groups.
It was such a relief to find out that the boy was safe.
He has since discovered that his statement was wrong.
In clauses beginning with when, before, or as soon as, you can omit the object after find out. You can't do this with find or discover.
When Dad finds out, he'll be really angry.
You want it to end before anyone finds out.
As soon as I found out, I jumped into the car.
If you find out or discover some information that is difficult to obtain, you succeed in obtaining it.
Have you found out who killed my husband?
Police discovered that he was hiding out in London.
You can also say that someone finds out facts that are easy to obtain.
I found out the train times.
Be careful
Don't say that someone ‘discovers’ facts that are easy to obtain.
another meaning of ‘find’
You can use find followed by it and an adjective to give your opinion about something. For example, if you have difficulty doing something, you can say that you find it difficult to do it. If you think that something is funny, you can say that you find it funny.
I find it difficult to talk to the other parents.
‘Was the exam hard?’ – ‘No, I found it quite easy.’
Be careful
You must use it in sentences like these. Don't say, for example, ‘I find difficult to talk to other parents’.
You can also use find followed by a noun phrase and an adjective, or two noun phrases, in order to give your opinion about something.
I found his behaviour extremely rude.
I'm sure you'll find him a good worker.
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