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Koh Elaine
Posted: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 12:36:57 AM
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I shall be fetching my son from the airport this evening.
I shall be picking up my son from the airport this evening.

Which is more commonly used by native speakers, American and British?

Thanks.
Fyfardens
Posted: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 12:47:27 AM
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'Fetch' is less common in both varieties of English.

I speak British English (standard southern, slightly dated).
thar
Posted: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 12:59:23 AM

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Someone sends you to fetch something.
"Could you fetch me a spanner, please?".

Ie, go and get it and bring it back to me.
A dog fetches a stick when you throw it.

So it doesn't work here.

Even when you are sent to fetch something, in most examples you would use 'get'. You would rarely use 'fetch'. Except playing with dogs! Whistle
(Our cats would play fetch with fir cones, but very badly. You throw it, they run after it, play with it, pick it up, bring it halfway back and drop it. Then the look - come on human, do it again. Just don't expect me to bring it back to you. You work for me, remember! )
srirr
Posted: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 1:38:52 AM

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Jack and Jill
went up the hill
to fetch a pail of water.



We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. ~ Swami Vivekanand
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 2:34:41 AM

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I shall pick up my son...

In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 3:13:09 AM

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I agree - 'fetch' is not wrong, but is not the word I'd use.

I'll be picking up my son from the airport this evening. (slightly informal)
I'll be driving my son from the airport this evening. (informal or formal)
I'll be bringing my son from the airport this evening. (informal or formal)
I will be picking up my son from the airport this evening. (formal)

(I would never say or write 'shall' - in formal writing, I would write 'will'. Fifty years ago, my English teacher taught that 'shall' was an old alternative for 'will' - and that lesson has 'stuck' with me.)

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Koh Elaine
Posted: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 7:05:53 AM
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Thanks to all of you.
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