if a bike falls to the ground, we stand it up or pick it up

Discussion in 'English Only' started by stephenlearner, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. stephenlearner Senior Member

    Chinese
    Hi,

    If a bike falls to the ground, I want to make it stand up.
    Can I say "let me stand it up" or "let me pick it up" ?
    Either one is ok?

    Thank you!
     
  2. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    Penang
    American English
    Who would you be saying this to? Yourself? The pretty girl who let it fall? The crowd of anxious bystanders?
     
  3. stephenlearner Senior Member

    Chinese
    To myself or to my child.
     
  4. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    Penang
    American English
    As Greyfriar was kind enough to note, both are fine. I would probably pick it up most of the time (to get it off the ground), then I would stand it up to make it tidy. :)
     
  5. perpend

    perpend Senior Member

    American English
    Let me get it back up. (American English)
     
  6. stephenlearner Senior Member

    Chinese
    Thanks a lot !!
     
  7. Thomas Tompion Senior Member

    Southwest France
    English - England
    Yes, either one is OK, but they mean different things.

    To pick it up is to bring it to a vertical position.
    To stand it up is to place it in a vertical position from which it will not immediately fall, ie. maybe on a stand, or against a wall.
     
  8. stephenlearner Senior Member

    Chinese
    Thank you very much for your help!!
     

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