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    #1

    put me down..

    Hi...

    I'd like to know how different between "put me down" and "drop me off"..

    Here's the short dialogue..

    A: Let me give you a ride.
    B: Thanks. Please ______________ at the nearest subway station.

    (A) drop me off
    (B) put me down

    Answer is (A) but to my understanding, "put me down" means

    to stop a vehicle so that passengers can get off at a particular place:

    So (B) sounds OK to me... Why (B) cannot be an answer?

    Please explain to me.

    Thank You.

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    #2

    Re: put me down..

    To me, a North American speaker of English, the phrase put me down could be used in reference to a vehicle, say, if you were riding in a helicopter.

    All the best.


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    #3

    Re: put me down..

    Quote Originally Posted by juliana0403 View Post
    Answer is (A) but to my understanding, "put me down" means
    to stop a vehicle so that passengers can get off at a particular place:

    So (B) sounds OK to me... Why (B) cannot be an answer?
    If you pick up a child and hold them in your arms you would subsequently put them down (I hope you wouldn't drop them ) whereas if you "pick someone up in a car" you would subsequently "drop them off". Unfortunately "put me down" simply does not mean "stop a vehicle so that passengers can get off".

    The idioms are not logical and no explanation can be given. Language is all convention, or merely fashion; languages are not designed, habits of speech are just adopted by groups of people at certain times.


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    #4

    Re: put me down..

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    the phrase put me down could be used in reference to a vehicle, say, if you were riding in a helicopter.
    Good point. What about if you were in a sea plane, though?

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    #5

    Re: put me down..

    Quote Originally Posted by risby View Post
    Good point. What about if you were in a sea plane, though?
    That works too. It has to land.


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    #6

    Re: put me down..

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    That works too. It has to land.
    Ah ha! Gotcha. You only say that because English is so familiar to you. For the French to "land" a sea plane is quite illogical. They have atterrir for when an aeroplane comes to earth but amerrir for finishing a flight on the sea.

    The fact that English speakers do not think twice about the "landing" on the sea shows that language doesn't have to be logical.

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