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    I'm learning English. And I learned the expression, "I'll pick you up at the station. " That means like "I'll go and fetch you in my car," right?
    But yesterday I looked in an ad at the expression "We take you up the station." What is the difference between "pick sb up" and "pick sb up"?
    Please tell me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BAUD View Post
    I'm learning English. And I learned the expression, "I'll pick you up at the station. " That means like "I'll go and fetch you in my car," right?
    But yesterday I looked in an ad at the expression "We take you up the station." What is the difference between "pick sb up" and "pick sb up"?
    Please tell me.
    Are you sure about what you've seen? "We take you up the station" doesn't make any sense to me, except in a colloquial sense that I wouldn't expect to see on an ad - ('up' = 'up to'). You can do the same with down:


    'We're goin' up London'
    'On Sat'd'ys I often go down the dog-track.'


    For collecting someone in your car, it'd be better to stick to 'pick up'. Incidentally, though, in the context you've given, use come:

    'I'm coming to pick you up'
    but, usually,
    'I'm going to pick her up

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    Thank you, Bobk. You're right. I mistyped. I saw an ad saying "We take you up at the station." So what I want to know is the difference between "I'll pick you up at the station" and "I'll take you up at the station." If you have time, tell me again.

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    It's rather odd. Normally 'pick' is the right choice. I've never met 'take you up' (in this sense). I suppose there might be a pun on the phrasal verb 'take up [on]' [=to accept someone's offer or boast: 'I'll bet you a fiver she's not coming.'/'I'll take you up on that.'. But I don't see how that pun could make sense - maybe there's more context than you're aware of.

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    I wonder if the advert was for the railways? It would make sense if it is advert-speak saying: We [the railway company] take you up [collect our passengers] at the station [ from the stations].

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    Thank you again, both Bobk and Anglika.

    It was an ad of kind of a lodging in Switzerland, explaining how to get there. First, how to get there by car, referring to a lot of names of roads I didn't know at all. After that it read "TRAIN: WE TAKE YOU UP AT THE STATION."

    That's why I have wondered if "take you up" could be almost same as "pick you up." If so, what's the difference berween the two? Or is there any other possibility?

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    It's possible that it's just not a native speaker's English.

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    Full context does show that it is something written by a non-native English speaker. They mean "pick up".

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    Thank you, all of you, for your kind answers. To sum up, native English speakers never use "take sb up" for "pick sb up," don't they? It was of great help. Thank you again.

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