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    Arrow Pick us x take us

    Hello everybody,


    Have a look at these questions:

    a) "Does the cab take us at home?"
    b) "Does the cab pick us (up?) at home?"

    Both questions mean the same? Is there any difference between "to pick (up?)" and "to take" (in these questions)? Do I have to use "up"?

    Thanks,


    Falcon

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    Wink Re: Pick us x take us

    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon View Post
    Hello everybody,


    Have a look at these questions:

    a) "Does the cab take us at home?"
    b) "Does the cab pick us (up?) at home?"

    Both questions mean the same? Is there any difference between "to pick (up?)" and "to take" (in these questions)? Do I have to use "up"?

    Thanks,


    Falcon
    I think it should be like this:

    Does the cab take/pick us up from home?

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    Default Re: Pick us x take us

    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon View Post
    Hello everybody,


    Have a look at these questions:

    a) "Does the cab take us at home?"
    b) "Does the cab pick us (up?) at home?"

    Both questions mean the same? Is there any difference between "to pick (up?)" and "to take" (in these questions)? Do I have to use "up"?

    Thanks,
    Falcon
    The first question does not make sense as written.

    "Does the cab take us home?" This makes sense since you are wondering if this taxi is going to your home. "Take" in this context means "deliver to". It does not mean to "pick up" or "collect"

    "To pick up" can mean several things depending on context.

    Pick up your clothes off the floor. Don't be so messy! Here the meaning is literal. You want the clothes literally removed from the floor and put away somewhere.

    I'll pick you up at 7:00pm from your home and we can go to dinner. Here "to pick up" means that I will come to your house usually in a car at 7:00pm and we will then go out to dinner.

    So this question -
    "Does the cab pick us up at home?" - is asking whether the cab will collect you at your home or perhaps this is not convenient and another place is better.
    Question: "Does the cab pick us up at home?"
    Answer: "No, I told the driver to go to Mike's house. We'll catch it from there."

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    Arrow Re: Pick us x take us

    Quote Originally Posted by Naamplao View Post
    The first question does not make sense as written.

    "Does the cab take us home?" This makes sense since you are wondering if this taxi is going to your home. "Take" in this context means "deliver to". It does not mean to "pick up" or "collect"

    "To pick up" can mean several things depending on context.

    Pick up your clothes off the floor. Don't be so messy! Here the meaning is literal. You want the clothes literally removed from the floor and put away somewhere.

    I'll pick you up at 7:00pm from your home and we can go to dinner. Here "to pick up" means that I will come to your house usually in a car at 7:00pm and we will then go out to dinner.

    So this question -
    "Does the cab pick us up at home?" - is asking whether the cab will collect you at your home or perhaps this is not convenient and another place is better.
    Question: "Does the cab pick us up at home?"
    Answer: "No, I told the driver to go to Mike's house. We'll catch it from there."
    Gotcha!

    You have used two words in the example above: "collect" and "catch"; so, do these words can be used rather than "pick up"? Could I say: "Does the cab collect/catch us at home?" (I'm improving my vocabulary )

    Thank you,

    Falcon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon View Post
    Gotcha!

    You have used two words in the example above: "collect" and "catch"; so, do these words can be used rather than "pick up"? Could I say: "Does the cab collect/catch us at home?" (I'm improving my vocabulary )

    Thank you,

    Falcon
    No..."pick up" is the proper usage here. I only used "collect" to try to explain the meaning of "pick up".

    also ..."pick up" does not mean "catch".

    A taxi picks us up.
    We catch a taxi.

    See the difference?

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    Default Re: Pick us x take us

    Hmmm..., yep. I did understand it.

    Thanks!

    Falcon

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