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    You should pick on the people of your size.

    1) You should pick on the people of your size.

    2) In a reading session: host says to a person who has asked to read after the host asked for a volunteer "I was going to pick up on you if you hadn't made the decision to read."

    What does "Pick up or pick on" mean? Could you please explain its meaning to me?

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    #2

    Re: You should pick on the people of your size.

    Have you tried a dictionary?

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    #3

    Re: You should pick on the people of your size.

    Try looking them up first, if you still don't understand you can ask more questions.

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    Re: You should pick on the people of your size.

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    Try looking them up first, if you still don't understand you can ask more questions.
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    This is what I do. If I can't find it then I ask you. I tried checking its meaning but I got some different results. In a movie there was a women who hits a kid and the mother of that comes and hits that woman saying "you should pick up on people of your size".

    I was in a sessions and the host was asking for a volunteer for reading. Nobody was saying anything but suddenly a girl said that she would volunteer. So the host said I was going to pick up on you anyway if you hadn't asked to volunteer.

    I searched its meaning but I didn't find satisfactory results. What does it mean in these two sentences?

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    Re: You should pick on the people of your size.

    "Pick on someone" means you subject that person to ridicule or bullying. The woman is supposedly a grown up and bigger than the kid. That's why the mother said what she said.

    "Pick up on someone" in your context means to call on someone (to answer a question).

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    Re: You should pick on the people of your size.

    I think some stray prepositions got into your quotes. The mother said pick on someone your own size. The host should have said I was going to pick you anyway.
    I am not a teacher.

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