“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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print out (something)

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.

refer to (something)

"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:

  • Wikipedia
  • 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 (of something)

"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:

You may want to consider hiring a personal trainer for a few sessions.

That's a very generous offer. Um, let me think it over for a few days and get back to you.