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    #1

    pick him a ... / choose him a ...

    1) Can I use pick with "him / her" as an indirect object and some other noun as direct object? Like this (the speakers are in a shop):
    Pick him (or a name, e.g. Ben) a tie. / Choose him (or a name, e.g. Ben) a tie.
    2) If the above sentences are correct, is there any difference in meaning between choose and pick?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: pick him a ... / choose him a ...

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    1) Can I use pick with "him/her" as an indirect object and some other noun as direct object? Like this (the speakers are in a shop):

    Pick him (or a name, e.g. Ben) a tie.
    Choose him (
    or a name, e.g. Ben) a tie.

    2) If the above sentences are correct, is there any difference in meaning between choose and pick?

    They're both acceptable although you're more likely to hear "Pick/Choose a tie for Ben". You'll also hear "Pick out".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: pick him a ... / choose him a ...

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    They're both acceptable although you're more likely to hear "Pick/Choose a tie for Ben". You'll also hear "Pick out".
    Does this sentence sound OK (will it not look strange , let's say, as an example in a grammar book):
    She aways picks Pip fine ties.
    ?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: pick him a ... / choose him a ...

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Does this sentence sound OK (will it not look strange , let's say, as an example in a grammar book):
    She aways picks Pip fine ties.
    ?
    If I saw that in a grammar book, I would probably wonder why they had chosen it over "She always picks fine ties for Pip".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: pick him a ... / choose him a ...

    And will the following sentence sound OK for a grammar book? (I am writing a handout (booklet / a little textbook) for students and I can use words only with certain sounds in the first unit):

    Ann picks fine meat.

    (I've posted it in this thread, because it is still about the verb pick. Shall I start a new thread?)
    Last edited by englishhobby; 30-Sep-2013 at 18:57.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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