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Dear Ted:

At the gas station, do you "get gas," "pump gas" or "fill gas"?

If all three are possible, do they have the same meaning?

If not, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

Thank you very much for your kind help.


Dear Paolo:

At the gas station, do you "get gas," "pump gas" or "fill gas"?

1.  get gas
2.  pump gas
3.  fill up the tank with gas

They mean the same thing, but you must add the extra words to #3.

I got gas for the car yesterday.

The station attendant was very busy, so I pumped the gas myself.

Before we leave on our trip, I must fill up the tank with gas.


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