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13 / 04 / 2005

TO CHECK OUT (2): meaning and examples

Good morning. Today I want to give you a few more common uses of the phrasal verb to check out, which we began to look at yesterday. Meaning 3: to leave a hotel after paying the bill. Example 1 We checked out of the hotel early Sunday morning so that we would miss the traffic. Meaning 4: to pay for your goods before leaving a supermarket or another large store. Example 2 When I went shopping this morning it took me an hour to check out. It took me so long because there was a queue a mile long at the check-out in the supermarket. (Notice that check-out can also be used as a noun.) Meaning 5: if information checks out then it means that you feel that it is true after examining it. Example 3 The police interrogated the suspect for hours, but his story didn't check out; he was lying. If you have any questions about the uses of check out from yesterday or today's Daily Vitamin, please don't hesitate to contact me. I hope you have a good day!