please help.. Which one is correct and please explain why.

I immediately fixed the problem as soon as I found out

Or

 I immediately fixed the problem as soon as I found it out.

Someone mentioned that I need to add “it” next to found. Is this correct? Please explain if I should or not add “it”

I appreciate your help.

 

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Hi, Rose212, and welcome to the Grammar Exchange.

I'd like to have our moderador David's take on this, but I'll give you my view.

There are verbs that are more transitive -- so to speak -- than others, and will always require an explicit object, for example:

- I immediately fixed the problem as soon as I detected / found it.

I don't think this is the case with "find out," which, being transitive, can accept a tacit object. This "light transitivity" might be due, I suspect, to the fact that "find out" is a phrasal verb and the adverbial particle "out" completes the sense of the verb and does not leave it conspicuously objectless.

If you want to make clear that what you found out was the problem, then "it" is necessary:

- I immediately fixed the problem as soon as I found it (the problem) out.

This sentence:

- I immediately fixed the problem as soon as I found out.

is correct but sounds ambiguous to me. I think it can mean:

- I immediately fixed the problem as soon as I found out there was a problem.

- I immediately fixed the problem as soon as I found out how to fix it.

Gustavo, Contributor posted:

Hi, Rose212, and welcome to the Grammar Exchange.

I'd like to have our moderador David's take on this, but I'll give you my view.

There are verbs that are more transitive -- so to speak -- than others, and will always require an explicit object, for example:

- I immediately fixed the problem as soon as I detected / found it.

I don't think this is the case with "find out," which, being transitive, can accept a tacit object. This "light transitivity" might be due, I suspect, to the fact that "find out" is a phrasal verb and the adverbial particle "out" completes the sense of the verb and does not leave it conspicuously objectless.

If you want to make clear that what you found out was the problem, then "it" is necessary:

- I immediately fixed the problem as soon as I found it (the problem) out.

This sentence:

- I immediately fixed the problem as soon as I found out.

is correct but sounds ambiguous to me. I think it can mean:

- I immediately fixed the problem as soon as I found out there was a problem.

- I immediately fixed the problem as soon as I found out how to fix it.

I appreciate your response. It makes sense to me now. Thank you so much 

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