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    #1

    picked up and took it home

    I understand that native speakers of English would not say, "I picked up it."


    I think "I picked it up and took it home" is correct.
    Is the following sentence grammatically correct?
    "I picked up and took it home."


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    Re: picked up and took it home

    Quote Originally Posted by Snappy View Post
    I understand that native speakers of english would not say, "I picked up it."


    I think "I picked it up and took it home" is correct.
    Is the following sentence gramatically correct?
    "I picked up what? and took it home."
    pick up is a monotransitive separable optional phrasal verb, which means:

    pick up sg (sg = not pronoun)
    pick sg up
    pick it up
    pick up it

    When the object of the pv is a pronoun, always split the pv. Not a pronoun, then the separation is optional.

    I picked up !! and took it home. you cannot drop the object of the phrasal verb
    I picked it up and took it home.
    I picked it up and took !! home.

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