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Dear Ted:

Which of the questions below should the person use/ask after "Could you do me a favor?" in the following example?

Hello, Dad? I'm at the station. Could you do me a favor?

1) Could you come to get me?

2) Could you get me?

3) Could you come to pick me up?

4) Could you pick me up?

If all four are possible, do they mean the same thing?

If so, which would you use or is more commonly used?

Many, many thanks for your kind help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Which of the questions below should the person use/ask after "Could you do me a favor?" in the following example?

Hello, Dad? I'm at the station. Could you do me a favor?

1) Could you come to get me?

2) Could you get me?

3) Could you come to pick me up?

4) Could you pick me up?

If all four are possible, do they mean the same thing?

If so, which would you use or is more commonly used?

*** They are all correct and they mean the same thing.  However, I question the use of "could" in all four sentences.

The proper helping verb in each sentence is either of these:

CAN you come . . . .  ["Can" connotes a question of capability.  Are you ABLE to get me?]

WILL you come . . . ["Will" simply asks if the other person is in agreement with the request.]

*** The most used is "WILL you get me?"

Ted

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