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    Hi,

    Could you please help me to comprehend the meaning of the following sentences:

    How can I catch up on the news for the last two weeks?

    Let's catch up with some judicial news.

    Catch up on some reading.

    Thank you very much in advance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katya83 View Post
    Hi,

    Could you please help me to comprehend the meaning of the following sentences:

    1. How can I catch up on the news for the last two weeks?

    2. Let's catch up with some judicial news.

    3. Catch up on some reading.

    Thank you very much in advance!
    In #`1 and #3, the idea is 'bring ourselves up to date on', perhaps 'do some extra work, because we are behind'.


    I assume that #2 has a similar meaning, but the with seems unnatural to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    In #`1 and #3, the idea is 'bring ourselves up to date on', perhaps 'do some extra work, because we are behind'.


    I assume that #2 has a similar meaning, but the with seems unnatural to me.
    But we catch up with friends who we haven't seen in a long time, don't we?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    But we catch up with friends who we haven't seen in a long time, don't we?
    Yes. But, for me, that implies, initially at least, arranging some form of contact. Once that has been done, we can catch up on their news.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katya83 View Post
    Hi,

    Could you please help me to comprehend the meaning of the following sentences:

    How can I catch up on the news for the last two weeks?

    Let's catch up with some judicial news.

    Catch up on some reading.

    Thank you very much in advance!

    ********** NOT A TEACHER **********


    Katya,


    I think that all three sentences mean about the same. That is,

    I have been on vacation for two weeks. Just traveling around the

    my country. I have not paid any attention to the news. Neither

    have I spent any time in reading. Now that I am home, I need to

    catch up. = make up for lost time. There are two weeks' worth of

    newspapers on the table. I'll catch up on the news by going through

    all those papers and see what I have missed. And I will finally finish

    reading that novel that I started two weeks ago.

    *****

    "Catch up" can also be used in this sense:

    Country X is a developing country. It is working very hard to catch

    up with the developed countries. That is, it is trying to reach the

    standards of living that exist in the developed countries.

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    "Catch up" can also be used in this sense:

    Tom and Martha are walking to the store.

    Tom: I'm tired.

    Martha: OK. Let's sit down here.

    Tom: No need for you to wait. Continue to walk. I will just

    sit here for a minute, and then I will catch up to you.

    That is, I will hurry up and be at your side again.


    ********** NOT A TEACHER **********

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    "catch up with" is used when referring to another person. "catch up on" is used for other subjects.

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