Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Posts
    70

    Correct word order

    Hello all,

    I used this as an example sentence today:

    The limousine driver will arrive at 08.50 a.m to pick you up for your trip tomorrow.

    I was immediately asked why we say pick you up instead of pick up you (which they had all been using instead) and therefore following my example- why pick your baggage up and not pick up your baggage . Cracking stuff I had to admit and from a beginner group too!!!!

    If one of you could give me a pertinent reply for them tomorrow it would be much appreciated!!

    Many thanks,

    Mak

  2. #2
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    74,083
    They have different meanings- when it's 'collect', it's separable. When it means 'lift off the floor', it's different.

  3. #3
    MikeNewYork's Avatar
    MikeNewYork is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    24,562
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    They have different meanings- when it's 'collect', it's separable. When it means 'lift off the floor', it's different.
    Good answer. I agree! 8)

  4. #4
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    74,083
    Yo!

  5. #5
    MikeNewYork's Avatar
    MikeNewYork is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    24,562
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Yo!
    :D

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •