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    meet up

    Hello!

    I've recently come across a verb "meet up" in the following context:

    ...write a review of two quite different places where young people can meet up for a drink or a meal...

    Is there any difference between the verbs "meet" and "meet up"? Is it possible to say: ...meet for a drink or a meal...?

    Thanks in advance!


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    Re: meet up

    Quote Originally Posted by LizzyBennet View Post
    Hello!

    I've recently come across a verb "meet up" in the following context:

    ...write a review of two quite different places where young people can meet up for a drink or a meal...

    Is there any difference between the verbs "meet" and "meet up"? Is it possible to say: ...meet for a drink or a meal...?

    Thanks in advance!
    Yes, you can say "meet" instead of "meet up."

    But the expression "meet up" has taken on the meaning of:

    "A pre-planned gathering (for social interactions) of a large number of strangers with something in common"

    Therefore, it is more specific than a general word "meet" -- which has all kinds of uses to describe all the ways in which people come into the presence of others.

    Here's a link to Meetups.com - a web site that facilitates starting or locating meetups
    Do something, Learn something, Share something, Change something - Meetup.com

    That means that the use of "meet up" in your example is somewhat gratuitous. It's still a possible use, but I would edit it out and leave only "meet." The author liked the choice because of its more casual feeling, more impromptu, or friendlier, warmer .... I think it was used by the author to "soften" the "blind date" implications.

    I think it might often be said:

    "On Monday, I'm meeting my parents to go to a play, and on Tuesday I'm meeting up with a guy from my online dating service."
    Last edited by Ann1977; 20-Oct-2009 at 19:44.

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    Re: meet up

    Quote Originally Posted by LizzyBennet View Post
    Hello!

    I've recently come across a verb "meet up" in the following context:

    ...write a review of two quite different places where young people can meet up for a drink or a meal...

    Is there any difference between the verbs "meet" and "meet up"? Is it possible to say: ...meet for a drink or a meal...?

    Thanks in advance!
    "Meet up" is predominantly American English.

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