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    Give up a person!

    Concerning things, one usually says:
    "I will/ won't give up this thing. What about persons?"

    If a man for example is in love with a woman but his family opposes their marriage, what would the man say?

    Would he say: "I won't give up her."
    Or very simply: "I won't leave her."

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    Re: Give up a person!

    Quote Originally Posted by RoseSpring View Post
    Concerning things, one usually says:
    "I will/ won't give up this thing. What about persons?"

    If a man for example is in love with a woman but his family opposes their marriage, what would the man say?

    Would he say: "I won't give up her." Almost, he would say: "I won't give her up".
    Or very simply: "I won't leave her."
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    Re: Give up a person!

    ***neither a teacher nor a native-speaker***

    And all in all, both ("I won't give her up." and "I won't leave her.") mean that you don't give in your family's demand.

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    Re: Give up a person!

    Thank you very much

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    Re: Give up a person!

    "I won't give up on her" is another alternative.

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    Re: Give up a person!

    We do say 'give something up', meaning 'to part with something that one would prefer to keep'. But I have never heard 'to give someone up' before in the same sense (you can 'give someone up to the police', but that has a different meaning), and I can find no such definition in the Oxford English Dictionary. As IHIVG has noted, we do, however, say 'to give up on someone'.

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    Re: Give up a person!

    Quote Originally Posted by bertietheblue View Post
    We do say 'give something up', meaning 'to part with something that one would prefer to keep'. But I have never heard 'to give someone up' before in the same sense (you can 'give someone up to the police', but that has a different meaning), and I can find no such definition in the Oxford English Dictionary. As IHIVG has noted, we do, however, say 'to give up on someone'.
    I'm very surprised that you have never heard "I won't give him/her up", bertie. Perhaps it's a bit dated now?

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    Re: Give up a person!

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I'm very surprised that you have never heard "I won't give him/her up", bertie. Perhaps it's a bit dated now?
    Well, I have heard this but only with the meanings provided in the Oxford English Dictionary, namely:

    -deliver an unwanted person to authority
    -stop hoping that someone is going to arrive
    -pronounce a sick person incurable

    I would say 'I'll never give up loving her' (to give up something) or 'I'll never give up on her' but not 'I'll never give her up.'

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    Re: Give up a person!

    Thank you all for your help.

    Never mind the different points of view! It is alright.

    I'll use both.

    Thanks again.

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