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    #1

    nitpick

    With what prepositions can "nitpick" be used as a verb?

    1) He likes to nitpick at me.
    2) He likes to nitpick on me.
    3) He likes to nitpick me.

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    Re: nitpick

    Quote Originally Posted by Kotfor View Post
    With what prepositions can "nitpick" be used as a verb?

    1) He likes to nitpick at me.
    2) He likes to nitpick on me.
    3) He likes to nitpick me.
    What are you trying to say with "nitpick"?

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    Re: nitpick

    to criticize by focusing on inconsequential details.

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    #4

    Re: nitpick

    They are all unnatural. You could say "He nitpicks all the time".

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    #5

    Re: nitpick

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    They are all unnatural. You could say "He nitpicks all the time".
    What if a speaker needs to mention the addressee of the nitpicking how the speaker is supposed to do that? He nitpicks all the time. doesn't mention it.

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    Re: nitpick

    Quote Originally Posted by Kotfor View Post
    What if a speaker needs to mention the addressee of the nitpicking how the speaker is supposed to do that? He nitpicks all the time. doesn't mention it.
    "He nitpicks about everything I say."

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    #7

    Re: nitpick

    I don't have a problem with "he nitpicks me."

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    #8

    Re: nitpick

    For me, it's more natural to use a direct object, but not a person as that object.

    He nitpicks everything I say.
    He nitpicks everything I write.

    This is likely one of those words that gets used differently and since it's a rather informal word, I couldn't say that I find either bhai's use or Dave's use "wrong."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: nitpick

    I am more familiar with the intransitive use "nitpick". I would go with bhai's use.

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    #10

    Re: nitpick

    I'd mostly use it intransitively or like Barb, though He nitpicks me makes perfect sense. Maybe it's time to start using it.

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