Point out Definition. Point out Synonyms: Point to, Draw attention

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Point out

The vast majority of phrasal verbs contain a verb and a preposition. There are some cases where a phrasal verb is formed by a verb and an adverb.Β Point outΒ  has a transitive verb, point, and an adverb, out.

Point out a phrasal verb that is usually used in two forms.Β One, to point something out and two, to point somebody out.

Meaning of Point out:

When we want to tell somebody something or inform them of something, usually something we think they don’t know we will use point out.

  • I want to point out that I have also been on time every day without exception.

We can also use point out to show someone thing or identify someone.

  • The woman pointed out the man from the police line up as the one who stole her bag.

Dialog:

Jim:Β Hi Sigmund.Β Great presentation today.

Sigmund:Β Thanks Jim.Β What did you like best about it.

Jim:Β Firstly, I like the way you pointed out the need for more employee engagement.

Sigmund:Β Yes.Β It is important and I also wanted to point out that without the employee engagement we would continue to have a high turnover rate.

Jim:Β Yes, absolutely.Β You also pointed out something I didn’t know.Β Specifically, that supervisors who do not feel engaged, do not engage their staff.

Sigmund:Β Yes.Β This was something that was pointed out to me from Silvia in HR.Β 

Jim:Β Really?

Sigmund: Yes she point out some research she conducted in her previous company and it correlates well to other findings.

Dialog:

Veronica:Β Hey Jill, I am looking for a guy by the name of Phil?Β 

Jill:Β Yes, sure.Β Let me point him out to you. He is right over there next to the window.

Veronica:Β Great thanks!Β Also, can you point out a Brenda?

Jill:Β Sure.Β You see where I pointed Phil out?Β She is sitting three rows behind Phil next to the window as well.

Veronica:Β Fantastic!Β Last thing.Β Can you point out where the washrooms are on this floor?

Jill:Β Ha Ha. Nope I can’t point those out for you.

Veronica:Β How come?

Jill: Because there are none.Β They are only on the odd numbered floors.

Related Phrases & Phrasal Verbs:

Get a cross –Β when we use get a across in the context of point out we are expressing that someone is able to make someone understand or believe something.

  • Β I want to point out that we were able to get our point across and still keep a working relationship with them.

Go into detail – to explain or express something or information in a complete manner.

  • We went into detail so that we could point out clearly the facts in the case.

Put into plain English – when we put things in plain English we are expressing things in simple and common English phrases.

  • I am going to point this out to you in plain English, so there is no misunderstanding.

Draw attention to – when we draw people’s attention to something or someone we are making them aware of someone or something.

  • I want to draw your attention to the man standing by the park and point out that he is not supposed to be in the picture.

Call attention to –Β in the context of point out we use this phrase to make someone notice and/or think about a person, place, or thing.

  • She was able to call people’s attention to the human rights abuses and also point out that many have turned a blind eye to the problem.

Bring attention to –Β in the context of point out we would use this phrase to make someone aware or to inform them of something, usually a problem.

  • I want to bring everyone’s attention to the possibility of a terrorist attack.Β  If you see anything or anyone suspicious please point it out to the police immediately.

Give prominence to –Β this is a more formal phrase that is used to identify or treat someone or something (information) in a special and important manner.

  • She gave special prominence to the issue of environmental pollution and pointed out that unless we continued to reduce Co2 emissions we would see catastrophic problems.

Point to –Β this is similar point out except that point to means to express the truth or importance of something.

  • She pointed to the evidence and pointed out that he has a previous criminal record.

Related idioms:

Throw light upon –Β this is a phrase to express making something more understandable.

Synonyms (other ways to say):

Point to

Draw attention

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