What should be the correct answer for the question below.Please help.

Nobody believed Galileo's theory initially but it -came out- to be right. (1)worked out (2)turned out (3)carried out (4)no improvment

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    You may want to check out English Language Learners. – Kevin Nov 1 '13 at 17:40
  • Idiomatically, turned out is the only credible alternative here. We'd normally only use worked out [all right] (and to a lesser extent, came out) in contexts where we're talking about a practical method that people were initially sceptical of, but which actually produced "right"/good results when used. Not when we mean it was [subsequently recognised to be] correct. – FumbleFingers Nov 1 '13 at 17:50
  • @FumbleFingers prove out works as well – Lumberjack Nov 1 '13 at 18:16
  • @Lumberjack: Proved out [full stop] is okay, proved (to be) correct similarly, but would anyone say ? proved out to be correct? – TimLymington Nov 1 '13 at 18:20
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    @Lumberjack: also, just because it's a multiple-choice question doesn't mean the OP is cheating by posting here. – Marthaª Nov 1 '13 at 20:03

As indicated by @FumbleFingers in his comment, turned out is appropriate, and came out is not in the example given.

There is a related meaning for come out that seems as if it might apply

to yield a satisfactory solution ⇒ these sums just won't come out

However, come out is usually used to describe the result of an active process, such as the calculation in the example, rather than a more theoretical analysis by Galileo. It is often used to describe recipes or manufacturing operations.

How did the pie come out?

In almost all cases, turn out can be used in place of come out, but the obverse is not true.

  • +1 for explaining the difference in better words than my comment. Yes - it's all about the difference between something being right/correct (atemporally, in and of itself), and "the result of an active process" being [al]right, satisfactory, desirable in terms of outcome. – FumbleFingers Nov 1 '13 at 18:27
  • No offense, but I don't think OP cares about learning. He just wants help cheating on his test. – Lumberjack Nov 1 '13 at 18:30
  • @Lumberjack: how is learning the answer different from 'cheating'? – TimLymington Nov 3 '13 at 10:59
  • @TimLymington Fairly straight forward: a cheater wants to know which answer is correct, not why it is correct. – Lumberjack Nov 3 '13 at 21:15

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