a/the point that Steven made earlier

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VicNicSor

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Russian
pick up on something
2. to return to a point or an idea that has been mentioned and discuss it more:
I’d like to pick up on a point that Steven made earlier.
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Does that neccessarily imply "one of the points that Steven made earlier"? Or could it be used even if Steven made only one point? Thank you.
 
  • Oddmania

    Senior Member
    French
    Hi,

    "A point that Steven made earlier" doesn't imply Steven made several points, but in my opinion it strongly suggests that several points were made in the conversation.
     

    JulianStuart

    Senior Member
    English (UK then US)
    Hi,

    "A point that Steven made earlier" doesn't imply Steven made several points, but in my opinion it strongly suggests that several points were made in the conversation.
    :thumbsup:
    "A point that Steven made earlier" could be either
    One of the points that Steven made earlier
    or
    One of the points made earlier and it was made by Steven.

    If the speaker wanted to make the distinction clearer, different words could have been used.
    On the other hand if the distinction was not important for the speaker, the ambiguity is irrelevant.:)
     
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