Hi thomas.Hi Guilak,
I don't think it's common in BE. I suspect that Waylink, who, like me, speaks BE, sums it up very well.
If you are learning AE, then take the advice of the AE members, who seem happy with it. You'd find BE speakers thought the expression a little odd, but they'd understand it without difficulty.
Really? Are you suggesting it has a generation gap for usage? In the USA it is a well used expression. But then, I never hang with anyone under twenty unless they are my grandchildren.I have both Longman American English Dictionary and Macmillan American English Dictionary at hand and both have the entry for "swing by" under "swing". Both say the same meaning which is "to visit a place or person for a short time, usually for a particular purpose"
(Personally I don't hear the expression often here in Toronto, Canada- I'm usually with people who are between 20-40 years old.)
Hi,Really? Are you suggesting it has a generation gap for usage? In the USA it is a well used expression. But then, I never hang with anyone under twenty unless they are my grandchildren.
"Swing by" is one of those phrases that you don't hear very often -- at least, I don't. The only person I know who uses it a lot is my father-in-law. To me it means that somebody will be going somewhere else (usually by car) and will be happy to make a little detour to visit, and it will be no problem.
"I'll swing by on Saturday and drop off the parcel."
I guess some synonyms would bedrop by
pay a quick visit
So that Dorian's father-in-law usage there sounds perfectly natural to me, even though we are from opposite corners (practically) of the country.brian said:I use swing by pretty often, but usually in the context of picking someone/something up OR dropping someone/something off