Thursday, November 5, 2009

English Lesson "Pick Up vs. Pick Out"

"Pick up" has many uses:

My friend's son picked me up at the airport.

Harvey Milk picked up Scott Smith in the subway
in the beginning of "Milk."

Oh, no! The baby made a mess.
Can you pick up the clothes on the floor?

Please pick up some milk on your way home.

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But be careful! "Pick up" doesn't work here:

Ken: Can you help me?
Naomi: What's the matter?
Ken: I can't decide. Help me pick up a tie.
Naomi: ???
Ken: Which tie should I wear?
Naomi: Oh...pick out a tie! That one.

"Pick out" = choose

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