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    Pick up yur feet there, men!

    Pick up your feet there, men!
    The above sentence is quoted from a dictionary. There is no context.
    What does "there" possibly mean? Can anyone give a context in which we can use the sentence in question?
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    Re: Pick up yur feet there, men!

    "There" is added for emphasis. The sentence could also be stated as "Pick up yur feet, men!" but "there" makes it more forceful. It is not formal English. The presence of "yur" instead of "your" implies that it is meant to be spoken rather than written. It is like a drill instructor yelling at the recruits to keep their feet from scuffing along the ground.

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    Re: Pick up yur feet there, men!

    Quote Originally Posted by thedeebo View Post
    "There" is added for emphasis. The sentence could also be stated as "Pick up yur feet, men!" but "there" makes it more forceful. It is not formal English. The presence of "yur" instead of "your" implies that it is meant to be spoken rather than written. It is like a drill instructor yelling at the recruits to keep their feet from scuffing along the ground.

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    Helo Thedeebo,

    Yours is a good explanation and it help us to understand the sentence very clearly.

    Thanks
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    Re: Pick up yur feet there, men!

    Dave's ESL Cafe's Student Discussion Forums :: View topic - Pick up your feet there, men!=

    It's like saying "you men, the ones over there". It's not really about distance, the speaker is probably someone in authority, most likely commanding some soldiers. He's basically saying "I am here, and you are over there. You are not with me, you are responsible for yourselves, and you're not moving fast enough, so you need to do something about it."

    If he said "let's pick up our feet here" it would be like saying "we're a team, as a group we're not moving fast enough (including me)". Instead he's implying that he is moving quickly enough, and that the other people need to do better.

    It's a way of talking down to somebody too, if you think you're better than them and that you don't need to show them respect, but you think they have to respect you. "You there, servant, fetch me a sandwich!"

    Does that make sense?

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