A kid falls down and gets hurt, so her mother says:

I'll pick you up on my back.


I'll carry you on my back.

What should be used: "pick up/carry"? Do both of them sound equally?


"Carry" sounds much better, but in most cases I would expect to use "piggy-back" or something similar.

If you really want to go with the 'pick up' theme, then I would use "I'll put you on my back"

  • Can you please give me an example for "piggy-back"? May 28 '19 at 11:03
  • "I'll give you a piggy-back." or maybe: "I'll give you a piggy-back ride." May 28 '19 at 11:04
  • And what about: "I'll piggyback you."? May 28 '19 at 11:07
  • Will piggy-back be more common? May 28 '19 at 11:07
  • "I'll piggy-back you" would normally be said by the person about to be carried, not by the carrier. Piggy-back should be recognised by any native speaker, though I think the USA have mangled it in to "pick-a-back" May 28 '19 at 11:12

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