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'to pick up' v. 'to pick out'

Discussion in 'English Only' started by fabsir, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. fabsir Senior Member

    Blumenau, Brazil
    Português - Brasil
    Hello everyone. Which of the sentences bellow is proper English as far as 'to pick up' and 'to pick out' go:

    1 - I speak English fluently but you will eventually pick out a foreign accent in my speech
    2 - I speak English fluently but you will eventually pick up a foreign accent in my speech

    Thank you.
     
  2. boozer Senior Member

    Bulgaria
    Bulgarian
    I would say "pick out", Fabsir.
     
  3. GreenWhiteBlue

    GreenWhiteBlue Senior Member

    New York
    USA - English
    Of the two, I would be more likely to say "pick up", in the sense of "detect".
     
  4. Johannes Senior Member

    Natal, Brazil
    Dutch Netherlands
    Like Boozer said. Example with pick up:
    At first he spoke with a British accent but he picked up an American accent while living in New York
     
  5. PaulQ

    PaulQ Senior Member

    UK
    English - England
    1 - I speak English fluently but you will eventually pick out a foreign accent in my speech - it would be difficult but possible - compare with 'to pick out threads.'
    2 - I speak English fluently but you will eventually pick up a foreign accent in my speech - overall, you would hear some small differences between my English and that of a native speaker.
     

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