give up vs. give up on

Howard Cha

Senior Member
Korean-Korea
Dear teachers,

They will give up their privilege.
They will give up on their privilege.

I don't know which one is more proper and want to know the difference.

Many thanks and best regards,
Howard Cha
 
  • Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    Give up is correct.

    Give up on has a different meaning: abandon hope of... no longer have faith in... E.g. "I want to give up smoking, and I've tried Stopfast tablets, but they don't work so I've given up on them."
     

    PaulQ

    Banned
    UK
    English - England
    They will give up their privilege. -> They will surrender their privilege [to someone].
    They will give up on their privilege. -> This does not work. To give up on something is to stop struggling for something/to do something. We give up on an idea; an attempt to do or achieve something, or a person or activity. We do not give up on a current state.

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    Howard Cha

    Senior Member
    Korean-Korea
    They will give up their privilege. -> They will surrender their privilege [to someone].
    They will give up on their privilege. -> This does not work. To give up on something is to stop struggling for something/to do something. We give up on an idea; an attempt to do or achieve something, or a person or activity. We do not give up on a current state.

    Slow crosspost...
    Thank you!
     
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