Date: Mon, 7 Oct 1996 12:20:48 -0400
From: "Dale F.Coye" CoyeCFAT[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: Re: drop off
Now I find myself flipping through the entire lexicon trying to figure out
what I can and can't say... take off, take down, put off, put down, get down,
pipe down... You ask about:
the parent would be expected to drop off and go back home
When I think about it, I would normally say "Drop them off" but I guess
intransitive "drop off," though not the usual construction, is comparable to
When shall I pick them up?
What time is pick up?
When shall I pick up?
None of which get the asterisk for me.
However, in a different construction, I've got a friend from California who
makes me shudder every time she says:
Do your kids want to come with?
Where I would say,
Do they want to come with us?
Maybe German influence from mitkommen- Kommen die Kinder mit?
Also consider...To everything there is a season...A time to drop off and a
time to pick up.