#138 – TO POINT OUT


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Hello, there. You are listening to a phrasal verb a day and here is your new phrasal verb, and this one is ‘to point out’, point something out.

Several meanings.
The first meaning really just means indicate. So it could be, for example, to show someone where something is, or maybe show someone who someone is. Okay. Let’s say you are in a big meeting and you have got a colleague with you and you want to say to your colleague: “Look, that is Jeff over there, you know, the guy with… the biscuit guy. The guy manages the biscuits, yeah that is Jeff over there. You see him? Just sitting there. That’s right. It’s kind of, a bit, a bit… it’s not fat, it’s a bit overweight. Yeah, you know the one I mean.That’s Jeff. I’ll introduce you later.” So I pointed Jeff out to you. I pointed Jeff out. Okay.

Or, for example, if we’re looking at a map and I could say: “Look, that is the best street for restaurants. There is some really good restaurants there. So … come over here, look at the map. I’ll just point it out for you. You see, there you go. That’s the best street.” And then later on you can say: “Yeah, Luke pointed out the best street on the map and here it is.” Okay, to point something out, to indicate something to someone. Okay.(Then also you) That’s quite literal, isn’t it? To literally, you could use your finger to do that. To point someone out or to point something out, like to indicate something with your finger. That’s literal.

But there is a slightly more sort of idiomatic or … figurative – there is a slightly more figurative use, as well, which is just to sort of tell someone something that’s important, tell someone something specific, tell someone something that they need to know. You know, for example, like, say you’re presenting some figures and you can say: “Can I just point it out that these figures are for the period 2014 to 2015 and, in fact, since that period a lot of things have changed. Like there has been a lot of inflation. So can I just point out that these figures are not actually adjusted for inflation.” You know, so just to kind of, again, indicate something specific that people need to know.

All right. When you’re learning English it’s quite important that you have someone who can point out your mistakes. So it’s good to have a teacher, or like a one-to-one teacher, or a native speaker that … you can talk to, who can point out your mistakes and sort of say: “You said that wrong, you’re using the wrong tense here, this is pronounced differently.” You know, just to point out someone’s mistakes. Okay, and you might also say: “Can I just point out that we have only got an hour left in this meeting. So it might be worth just moving on to the next point.” You know, to point something out. There you go.

All right. All right, can I just point out ladies and gents listening to A Phrasal Verb a Day that this is episode number, what.. This is one hundred and… hold on. Which one is this? You’re now listening to episode number 138, I think. Can I just point it out that you have had 138 free episodes of A Phrasal Verb a Day. And if you really enjoy this podcast then let me know. You can do two things. One thing is just let me know. You can go to teacherluke.co.uk/pv. P for police, V for verb. I would say P for phrasal, but it sounds like an F, doesn’t it? Phrasal.

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