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Dubai
Posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 4:17:43 AM
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Hi, dear forum members.
I hope you all are doing good.

May you kindly tell me the difference between pick and pick up in the following sentences.

(1) May you kindly pick me from the airport.
(2) May you kindly pick me up from the airport.


Thanks.

shahidmost
Posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 5:19:36 AM

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In English grammar pick up is a phrasal verb. A phrasal verb can have so many meanings; whereas, pick without up could hardly mean anything other than to lift, to collect, or to choose.
But as a phrasal verb it means:

When you pick something up, you lift it up:
Ridley picked up the pencil from the floor.

When you pick up someone or something that is waiting to be collected.
She went over to her parents' house to pick up some clean clothes.
We drove to the airport the next morning to pick up Susan.


If someone is picked up by the police, they are arrested and taken to a police station.
The police picked him up within the hour.

If you pick up something such as a skill or an idea, you acquire it without effort over a period of time.
Where did you pick up your English?

If you pick up an illness, you get it from somewhere or something.
They have picked up a really nasty infection from something they have eaten.

If trade or the economy of a country picks up, it improves.
Chinese officials hope that trade will pick up when the two countries switch to hard currency.

If someone picks up, or their health picks up, they get better.

A good dose of tonic will help you to pick up.

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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 5:33:43 AM

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Hello Dubai.

The difference is that "pick" is actually a different verb from "pick up".
"Pick" has several definitions (choose, gather and several others) - but it does not mean "lift" or "transport".
So your first sentence doesn't work properly.

The verb "pick up" has a few definitions, but they are all variations of "lift" or "collect".

One specific definition of "pick up" is "to take on passengers".

You will have to scroll down to "phrasal verbs" on this page.

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Another point is that "may" is used to ask permission (or for a favour) - but only in the first person.

"May I be picked up from the airport?"
"May we come in?"

You do not say "May you pick me up?" or "May you let us in?"
The normal question could be "Could you pick me up from the airport, please?" or "Would you kindly pick me up from the airport?"

Some people use "Can you . . ." or "will you . . ." which are OK, but "could" and "would" are more polite.

"Would you kindly pick me up from the airport?"
Dubai
Posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 6:45:00 AM
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Thank you so much.
I am grateful for such a detailed explanation.
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