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    phrasal verb

    Hi. I wonder if 'pop in/by' and 'drop by/over' are interchangeable.
    For instance, can I rephrase ' He popped by to say hi ' to ' He dropped by to say hi' ?


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    Re: phrasal verb

    Quote Originally Posted by dean1
    Hi. I wonder if 'pop in/by' and 'drop by/over' are interchangeable.
    For instance, can I rephrase ' He popped by to say hi ' to ' He dropped by to say hi' ?

    Pop in means to go to a place, usually to visit a friend for a short time.
    Drop by/over means the same with the added connotation of doing so without any prior arrangement.
    Pop by? Does it exist?

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    Re: phrasal verb

    They are definitely all interchangeable - and "pop by" does exist - it is very common in the UK. To be very exact - pop in/over and drop in/over - tend to be used when you have to go to a specific place - such as someone's home or office. Pop by/drop by can be used in this way but would be better if, for example, you are in an office and are going to see someone at their desk - similar to "pass by".


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    One more question: what about 'call in on sb' and 'call by'? Do they work in the same way? I'd like to know the nuance of them. Thanks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DavyBCN
    They are definitely all interchangeable - and "pop by" does exist - it is very common in the UK. To be very exact - pop in/over and drop in/over - tend to be used when you have to go to a specific place - such as someone's home or office. Pop by/drop by can be used in this way but would be better if, for example, you are in an office and are going to see someone at their desk - similar to "pass by".
    'Pop by' may exist, but then, it is not standard English.
    I did not find it in my phrasal verbs dictionary and I did not find it in any of my big dictionaries either.
    pop in and drop in/by overlap in meaning but they are not always interchangeable.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dean1
    One more question: what about 'call in on sb' and 'call by'? Do they work in the same way? I'd like to know the nuance of them. Thanks.
    'Call in/by' have the same core meaning as the other phrasal verbs, but they also suggest that you visit a place while you are on your way somewhere else.

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    Re: phrasal verb

    In addition to the nuance Svartvik gives, they can also carry a sense, though not always, of giving assistance or checking on someone:
    I called in on my sister, who's been ill.

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    Re: phrasal verb

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik
    'Pop by' may exist, but then, it is not standard English.
    I did not find it in my phrasal verbs dictionary and I did not find it in any of my big dictionaries either.
    pop in and drop in/by overlap in meaning but they are not always interchangeable.
    Um - not really sure whether there is such a thing as standard English any more. Pop by has been a common phrasal verb all my life.

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