“I'll shoot her an e-mail and find out where we stand.”

English Lesson: I'll shoot her an e-mail and find out where we stand.

You've hired someone to create a new design for a website you run. Now you're talking with your business partner, who mentions that the designer hasn't sent any updates in a few days. You offer to deal with it.

I'll shoot her an e-mail and find out where we stand.

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find (something) out / find out (something)

To "find out" a fact means to learn about it through reading or hearing about it from other people.

The object of "find out" comes between "find" and "out" if it's a short word:

How did you find that out?

The object comes after "out" if it's a longer phrase or clause:

She found out that Brad was involved with another woman.

And in some cases, "find out" can be used without an object, like in this example:

I'm not sure. Let me find out.

You can use it this way when it's understood what you are finding out. In this example, you are going to find out the answer to the question.

shoot (someone) an email

This phrase is common in business settings. It means to send an email to someone. It emphasizes sending the email quickly and without planning it out too carefully. Here are some examples:

Would you mind shooting me an email when you're finished with that?

I hadn't heard from them in a few days, so I shot them an email.

where (something or someone) stands

Where something "stands" means what its current situation or status is. We use this expression to talk about the progress of things like projects, proposals, applications, and so on.

For example, if you've been working on a project with someone at work but had to leave the office for a few days, you can say this when you return:

So fill me in on where we stand.

This means "Tell me what's happening with the project."