“I'll print out a few copies of that for people to refer to.”
You're preparing to give a presentation for a class with a partner. You're deciding what to say and what visual aids to include. Your partner shows you a chart that she made which you think the other class members should see. You say this, offering to print it.
I'll print out a few copies of that for people to refer to.
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Use the phrasal verb "print out ___" to talk about printing documents, photos, or other things from your computer to a small printer at home or in your office:
Did you print out a copy of our itinerary?
You would not use "print out" to discuss printing something like a book or a magazine. For those, you would just use the word "print".
When you're planning a medium- or large-sized group event like a party or a meeting, you can talk about the people who are going to be there as "people":
People are probably going to start arriving at about 8:30.
We need to make sure that people have something to do while they're here.
"Referring to" something has two meanings:
It can mean to look at something to get information. For example, when you're cooking you can "refer to" a recipe to understand how to cook something. People can also refer to:
- your notes
- a chart
- a textbook
- the manual
The other meaning of "refer to" is to talk about something. Here's an example: Your friend starts telling a story about another friend of his. He doesn't say the name of this friend, but you think you know the person that he's talking about. You can say:
Are you referring to Yuuta, by any chance?
So you can see that "referring to" something means talking about something that you haven't directly said the name of.
"A few" is a number that's not specific, but it usually means somewhere between 3-10. It's a little less formal than "several" and also sounds like a slightly lower number. Here are some examples: