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    #1

    I can't go for John (meaning: I can't collect him)

    Is this a correct sentence?
    'I can't go for John. I'm busy. Can I ask you a favour? Please, pick him up at the airport'
    (John is my cousin and he is coming from abroad to visit me)

    It sounds a bit weird.

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    #2

    Re: I can't go for John (meaning: I can't collect him)

    Quote Originally Posted by angelene001 View Post
    Is this a correct sentence?
    'I can't go for John. I'm busy. Can I ask you a favour? Please, pick him up at the airport'
    (John is my cousin and he is coming from abroad to visit me)

    It sounds a bit weird.
    If the person you are talking to knows the situation, you would be understood.

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    #3

    Re: I can't go for John (meaning: I can't collect him)

    I agree with bhai but to avoid ambiguity, I would use "I can't go and get John" or "I can't pick John up [from the airport]".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: I can't go for John (meaning: I can't collect him)

    "Collect" is not used in this context in AmE. Emsr2d2's suggestions would be more natural.

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