Pick is an interesting verb in English because it is used in a number of phrasal verbs, especially pick. For today’s English lesson, let’s look at how to use these phrasal verbs in English conversation and writing.
Here are the example sentences:
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How to use pick on:
- All of my friends picked on me when I shaved my head.
- The boss is often picking on Jim because he’s not the smartest guy in the office.
- When the bully was picking on Tommy in the schoolyard he punched him.
How to use pick out:
- I picked out some flowers to put at the reception desk.
- I picked out a nice tie to wear with my blue suit.
- I have to go to the bakery and pick a cake out for my mom’s birthday.
How to use pick up:
- I need to pick up my boss at the airport.
- It’s raining! Can you pick me up from the train station?
- I wish those kids would pick up their trash from the floor.
- Eddie said he picked up the new Pink Floyd CD.
- Let’s pick up some donuts on the way to the meeting.
- Next week is Jack’s birthday we should pick up the cake.
- Those guys went to the bar to try and pick up some women.
- In the TV program friends Joey is always trying to pick up girls.
- Jenny didn’t realize it but the waiter was trying to pick her up.
- Since the company changed its marketing plan sales have picked up.
- Paul said his luck at the casino started to pick up after midnight.
- Replacing the carpet really picked up the atmosphere in this room.
Yesterday’s listening challenge answer:
- It seems like the production team wasn’t making an effort.
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