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It's nice to see you again! As you've probably noticed, every once in a while we like to give you a full week of what we call "Commonly Confused Words". These are word pairs in which one of the words is frequently - and mistakenly - used instead of the other. We like these word pairs a lot because they focus specifically on mistakes that students make in the classroom all the time. Chances are that you're making many of these mistakes yourself!

Well, if you haven't guessed it by now, we have another week of Commonly Confused Words all lined up for you. Enjoy!

Today's LessonCATEGORY: Commonly Confused Words
PICK vs. PICK UP   摘み取る vs. 取り上げる、拾い上げる


  • To pick  flowers, fruit, nuts, etc. is to take them off the plant to which they are attached.

    To pick up  something is to take it and lift it up.
  • pick  には、花、果物、木の実などをその本体の植物から取る、つまり、摘み取る、という意味があります。

    pick up  は、何かを取り上げる、拾い上げる、という意味です。


  1. We spent the day picking  strawberries and making strawberry shortcake.
  2. Would you mind picking  some flowers from the garden? I want to decorate the table with a bright bouquet for our guests.
  3. If you found a one-yen coin in the street, would you stop to pick  it up?
  4. I saw someone throw an empty can into my neighbor's garden, so I asked him to pick  it up  and put it in the trash.
  5. (a two-year-old girl)
    Pick  me up,  Daddy!

Take care!