Quick answer
"Figure out" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "resolver", and "help out" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "ayudar". Learn more about the difference between "figure out" and "help out" below.
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A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to solve)
a. resolver
The first one to figure out the problem gets a prize.El primero que resuelva el problema, se gana un premio.
b. descifrar
Sherlock Holmes figured out the mystery of the stolen jewelry.Sherlock Holmes descifró el misterio de las joyas robadas.
c. calcular (in mathematics)
Figure out the sum of the inner angles of the polygon.Calcula la suma de los ángulos interiores del polígono.
2. (to understand)
a. entender
Today she didn't say hi to me. I can't figure her out.Hoy no me saludó. Me cuesta entenderla.
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help out
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to help)
a. ayudar
Some people want to help out the homeless, but they're not exactly sure how.Algunas personas quieren ayudar a la gente sin hogar, pero no están muy seguras de cómo hacerlo.
b. echar una mano a
We popped by to help out the new neighbors.Vinimos para echarles una mano a los nuevos vecinos.
c. dar una mano a
The community came together to help Santiago out when his house burned down.La comunidad se juntó para dar una mano a Santiago cuando su casa quedó reducida a cenizas.
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
2. (to help)
a. ayudar
We know you're going through some difficulties, so let us know if there's anything we can do to help out.Sabemos que están pasando por unas dificultades, así que haznos saber si hay algo que podamos hacer para ayudar.
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