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    What is the following in red saying?

    They get excited about your genius and are the first to talk you up to someone they think you should know.

    Does this mean "they are the first to talk about you to someone they think you should know."

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: talk you up to

    It means that they talk about you in a positive way to get them warm to you.

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    Default Re: talk you up to

    Quote Originally Posted by unpakwon View Post
    What is the following in red saying?

    They get excited about your genius and are the first to talk you up to someone they think you should know.

    Does this mean "they are the first to talk about you to someone they think you should know."

    Thank you.

    NOTE: NOT A TEACHER


    (1) I most respectfully disagree with the logic of the original sentence. It says that

    those excited people feel that there are some people whom you should know. It

    seems to me to be more logical to say that those excited people want some other

    people to know about you.

    (a) Thus, it is only my humble opinion that the original sentence should read:

    They get excited about your genius and are the first to talk you up to someone who

    (they think) should know about your genius (so that s/he can help provide

    opportunities for you to exercise your genius).

    (b) For example, if you are a fantastic painter, I would say:

    I am going to talk you up to some art collectors whom I know. (I want them to

    know about you so that they buy your paintings. I am not interested in your knowing

    them. That will come after I get those art collectors to meet you FIRST.)

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    Default Re: talk you up to

    Nice explanations of all of you

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    Default Re: talk you up to

    Thank you all for the big help.

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