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    hitchhike ?

    When we need someone to give me a ride. Normally we would say ' Can you give me a ride ? "

    How about ' Do you mind giving me a hitchhike ' ?

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    Re: hitchhike ?

    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    When we need someone to give me a ride. Normally we would say ' Can you give me a ride ? "

    How about ' Do you mind giving me a hitchhike ' ?
    hitchhike means to catch a ride with someone to the closest point near your destination and then to hike the rest of the way.

    hitch = to go along with
    hike = to walk long distances

    You can hitch a ride with someone (i.e catch a ride with them in their vehicle) but you can't hitchhike a ride, because 'hike' means to walk.

    :D

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    Then I put it down that ' can you give me a hitchhike ' is not a way to ask for riding with them home. :)

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    What about Can you give me a lift ? Has it the same meaning as the examples above?

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    I think so :) another option of ' can you give me a ride/lift

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    Re: re

    Quote Originally Posted by Masfer
    What about Can you give me a lift ? Has it the same meaning as the examples above?
    Not necessarily- you would ask a friend or acquaintance for a lift, but you wouldn't hitch a ride with them, unless you were using the term jokingly.

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    Re: re

    Quote Originally Posted by Masfer
    What about Can you give me a lift ? Has it the same meaning as the examples above?
    Can you give me a lift? is the same as Can you give me a ride?, but to hitch a ride is to accept a ride from a stranger.

    :)

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