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We need to rectify the errors before anybody point it.
We need to rectify the errors before anybody point it out.

In the above sentence, which is the better phrase to use: 'point it' or 'point it out'?

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  • Given the definition of point it out I'm unsure what your question is. – Matt Ellen Apr 2 '14 at 8:28
  • @MattEllen it means point (something) out and thus in this context, point (mistake) out. – Maulik V Apr 2 '14 at 9:22
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To point something means to aim, like to point a weapon.

To point out means to put in evidence.

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  • Good answer, but I can't vote this up as to specifically use either of his suggested options would be wrong. – Joe Harper Apr 3 '14 at 10:35
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'We need to rectify the errors before anybody points them out.'

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    Or for a single error: We need to rectify the error before anybody points it out. – Samuel Parsonage Apr 2 '14 at 6:31
  • I would say this is the correct answer... – Joe Harper Apr 3 '14 at 10:35
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The best way to say this would be:

"We need to rectify the errors before anybody notices them."

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It should be...

We need to rectify the errors before anybody pointS them out (I guess it takes s and the errors are plural so them) .

That's because point (something) out is a phrasal verb meaning drawing someone's attention toward. Here, it's errors.

Swan's book on English says that avoid adverbial particles if they are not needed (You'll have to fill this form OVER You'll have to fill this form out). But then, here if we leave out the out from point out, it does not make any sense.

We need to rectify the errors before anybody points (it).

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  • @downvoter, comment please – Maulik V Apr 2 '14 at 11:10
  • I didn't downvote (this answer seems mostly fine to me), but I can make two comments: first, I'd probably use them rather than it to refer back to plural errors. Second, I think fix would do in place of rectify, although I wouldn't insist on that change. – snailplane Apr 2 '14 at 23:08
  • @snailplane But that won't be an answer then! It'll be the answer of the question how do I prefer telling....(the sentence of OP). Here, there are two choices and the OP wants to know about them and not our opinion, neither the correct way to write it. And yes, I accept them and corrected. – Maulik V Apr 3 '14 at 5:23
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In American English, referring to a website, I would say one of the following. I roughly ordered them in terms of the real issue that we would have to deal with rather than the fact that people will "point them out".

We need to fix the errors before it causes problems.
We need to fix the errors before people start complaining.
We need to fix the errors before people start submitting problem tickets.
We need to fix the errors before someone notices them.
We need to fix the errors before [someone | somebody | anyone | anybody] points them out.

Note: Points them out / Points it out are idiomatic phrases.

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  • What do your brackets mean? – snailplane Apr 2 '14 at 23:03

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