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    make a point

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to give me your considered opinion concerning my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    Does he make a point of always pretending not to notice me.

    make a point = treat something as important or essential as in:

    She made a point of thanking everyone in the department for their efforts.

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    Re: make a point

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to give me your considered opinion concerning my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    Does he make a point of always pretending not to notice me.

    make a point = treat something as important or essential as in:

    She made a point of thanking everyone in the department for their efforts.

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    You've used it correctly but I don't think the definition quite fits. I would say that if someone "makes a point of" doing something, then they do it very deliberately. It's not necessarily important or essential.

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    Re: make a point

    someone makes a point of doing something = someone places on show one’s point of view, someone thinks that something is very important, someone considers it his duty, someone insists that something should be done

    as in:

    Blackberries tasted of rain. Soams made a point of eating one every year and by the flavor could tell what sort of year it had been. (J. Galsworthy, “The Silver Spoon”)

    She grinned and I saw why she made a point of not laughing. With her mouth closed she was a rather pretty girl. (E. Hemingway, “The Sun Also Rises”)

    However, there is my card, since you make a point of having it. (F. Marryat, “Under the Lilies and Rosen”)

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