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    Default tank up or gas up

    " We are running out of gas. Pull over we have to gas up"

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    "We are running out of gas. Pull over we have to tank up"

    For me "gas up" sounds more like you are getting gas from a gas station, whereas "tank up" means that you are about to retrieve a spare tank of gas from the tunk of your car. Is it correct?

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    Default Re: tank up or gas up

    In AmE, we'd say either "gas up" or "fill up," never "tank up."

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    Default Re: tank up or gas up

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    In AmE, we'd say either "gas up" or "fill up," never "tank up."
    Thanks for clarification!

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    Default Re: tank up or gas up

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Thanks for clarification!
    What about tank up? Do you ever use it?

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    Default Re: tank up or gas up

    I had never heard of tank up, but you could Google it and see what you get.


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    Default Re: tank up or gas up

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    I had never heard of tank up, but you could Google it and see what you get.

    Are they both transative? Fill up and gas up.

    "I need to gas up my car."

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    "I need to gas my car up.''

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    Default Re: tank up or gas up

    Yes, both verbs take an object. (transitive)


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    Default Re: tank up or gas up

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    Yes, both verbs take an object. (transitive)

    Thanks for correcting my spelling. Don't get to write much in English.

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    Default Re: tank up or gas up

    'Tanked up' exists in Br Eng, but it means drunk. A person can be tanked up, but not a car. (And I don't think I've ever met the infinite - it's always in the form 'tanked up'.) It's informal and jocular - a bit like 'well oiled'.

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    Default Re: tank up or gas up

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    'Tanked up' exists in Br Eng, but it means drunk. A person can be tanked up, but not a car. (And I don't think I've ever met the infinite - it's always in the form 'tanked up'.) It's informal and jocular - a bit like 'well oiled'.

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    I was pretty much sure about the two phrasal verbs "to gas up" and "fill up".

    The thing is that I was not sure about the meaning of "tank up".
    When I looked it up in a dictionary called "LONGMAN DICTIONARY OF CONTEMPORARY ENGLISH'' it says "tank up" to put petrol in your car so that the tank is full. What do you think of that one?

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