Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
1) focus on a single person or thing within a group
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single someone out for praise/attention/criticism
The phrasal verb ‘to single out’ something or someone means to focus on an object or a person as an individual within a given group. A teacher might ‘single out’ a student in order to receive the answer to a question for example or you might ‘single someone out’ for special treatment. This can be used in social and professional contexts.
Social Examples (Advance)
The teacher would often single Mary outfor extra attention because she struggled badly in class.
As the best player on the team, the opposition singled me outas their biggest threat. It meant that I was fouled more than any of my teammates.
All the projects were praised, but Alex's was singled out by the judges for its originality.
Professional Examples (Advance)
I am not going to single outanyone in particular but there have been a few breaches in protocol that need to be addressed within this team.
I was ready to admit to my mistake but I wasn't impressed that the team leadersingled me outas an example to everyone else.
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