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    Question hurry

    What is the difference between words: hurry/hurry up?

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    Default Re: hurry

    Hurry is the general verb.

    "Hurry, hurry, hurry!" <--- Be quick (run quickly or think fast).

    "Come quickly! hurry!" <--- Note you haven't set out yet, but you are being asked to hurry as you make your way to the person calling you.

    "Hurry up" basically means "hurry more". Since it only makes sense to hurry more if you are already doing something, "hurry up" is more task-specific than "hurry".

    "Haven't you finished your essay yet? Hurry up and get it done!" <--- You are already writing, but the person you're talking to doesn't think you're doing it quickly enough.
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    Default Re: hurry

    hurry is either a verb or noun.
    hurry up is used only as a verb.

    I must hurry(verb) to the store. Meaning I must get there quickly.
    In my hurry(noun) to get to the store, I had a car accident.
    Hurry up (verb), the store is closing.

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