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    Default Pick up Tom?

    Dear all,

    I'll pick up Tom at the station.
    I'll pick Tom up at the station.

    In the sentences above, which word order is better?

    When a pronoun is used, I often see "pick ...up" rather than "pick up...", but I'm not sure about the cases of nouns.

    Thank you!

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    Default Re: Pick up Tom?

    Either way is fine.
    Note that if you change "Tom" to "him" then only "pick him up" works, not "pick up him."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Pick up Tom?

    Note that if you change "Tom" to "him" then only "pick him up" works, not "pick up him."
    Is this related to any kind of grammar?

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    Default Re: Pick up Tom?

    'Pick up' is a separable phrasal verb.

    See Separable/inseparable phrasal verbs.

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