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Where Should I "Drop You Off" and "Pick You Up"?

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 @ 09:39 AM

Today we are going to talk about two phrasal verbs that can be used together.

Those verbs are "drop off" and "pick up."

Here is a sample sentence:


Can you drop me off in midtown Manhattan?





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1) Drop off


  • Meaning: We use this word when we drive someone to a place and then they get out of the car and stay there. We can also "drop someone off" by walking with them to school or to a library.

  • Grammar Tip: This phrasal verb is separable- that means that you can put the object (the person or thing that is being dropped off) between the two parts of the verb. You can say "We dropped Jim off at school this morning." or you can also say, "We dropped off Lucy at work."

  • Examples: "Can you drop me off at the dentist?" or "The mother likes to drop her kids off at daycare every day."



2) Pick up


  • Meaning: "pick up" is the exact opposite of "drop off." It means to go to a place where someone is staying and take them home with you (in the car or just by walking with them)

  • Grammar: This phrasal verb is also separable. We can say, "Please pick me up at 10pm."

  • Examples: "What time do you want me to pick you up on Sunday?" or "My dad forgot to pick me up last night."









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