Is 'pick up on' interchangeable with 'get the hang of'? in the following sentence?: She failed to pick up on the humour in his remark. If not, what's the difference?
Jul 20, 2014 7:01 PM
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In this sentence, yes, they are interchangeable. Your sentence is perfect, just change humour to humor.
July 20, 2014
No, they don't have the same meaning at all. In fact, I can't think of any situation in which these phrases would be interchangeable. As Jamie says, 'pick up on' means notice or perceive. 'Get the hang of' means learn to do or to manage to understand something over time. And 'humour' is the correct British spelling.
July 20, 2014
Not quite. Get a hang of, or get a grasp of means to manage in a certain field, a language for example. Pick up on, here is interchangeable with 'notice'.
July 20, 2014
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