General Writing and Grammar Help/Fill & fill up

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Dear Ted:

In the example "Before we leave on our trip, I must fill up the tank with gas," is it also correct to drop the "up" after "fill," that is, "Before we leave on our trip, I must fill the tank with gas" without altering the meaning of the sentence?

Again, many, many thanks for your kind help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

In the example "Before we leave on our trip, I must fill up the tank with gas," is it also correct to drop the "up" after "fill," that is, "Before we leave on our trip, I must fill the tank with gas" without altering the meaning of the sentence?

*** Yes, you can omit "up."  It is part of a colloquialism:  I need to stop at a station to fill up, or I will run out of gas on our trip.

Ted

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