Phrasal verb: sort out

  1. sort something out
    Transitive, Separable
    Meaning: to organize, resolve a problem
    Example: We need to sort everything out before we can move forward.

Do you think that men or women are better at sorting things out?

Why Men Should Not Write Advice Columns—something funny I found on the Internet (

Dear Mr. Helpful,

I hope you can help me. The other day I left for work leaving my husband in the house watching TV as usual.  I hadn’t gone more than a mile down the road when my car stopped moving.  I walked back home to get my husband’s help. When I got home I couldn’t believe my eyes. He was in the bedroom with the neighbor making love to her.  My husband and I have been married for twelve years. When I confronted him, he admitted that he’d been having an affair for the past six months.  I told him to stop or I would leave him.  I love him very much, but since I said this he has become distant. I don’t feel like I can talk to him anymore.

Can you please help?

Concerned wife

Dear Concerned wife,

A car stopping after being driven a short distance could have been caused by a problem with the engine.  You should have called a mechanic!  Next time this happens, you should start by checking that nothing is caught inside the fuel line.  If it is clear, you should check under the hood of the car.  If this does not solve the problem, it could be that the fuel pump is broken. I hope this helps!

Good luck,
Mr. Helpful


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