Words For Writers: Pickup Versus Pick Up
Pickup is used as one word when it functions as a noun or an adjective.
Pick up is used as two words when it functions as a verb.
For example, you drive a pickup, but you pick up a friend to go to a movie.
This is one example of hundreds of phrasal verbs that have one-word noun/adjective counterparts.
Here’s a few others…
- Runaway versus run away
- Workout versus work out
- Payback versus pay back
Sometime during informal use, the one-word form often appear in place of the two-word forms, but the distinction is usually observed in more formal edited and writing usage.
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