I am looking for a verb either one-part or two-part, to describe going after someone for example your mom to take them from home for example on your car. First I wanted to use come after, but it seems it has a negative implication like hurting someone. Also, go after seems to mean following and chasing someone rather than going to pick them. What is the best verb to use here?

An example of how I want to use it is as follows:

-Were not you supposed to come after me in the morning so we would not get stuck in traffic? - That's right. Sorry mom for being late. The road will open now and we will go.

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    Most people would say "pick them up" I think, or "pick me up" in your example sentence. Commented Aug 2, 2016 at 9:32
  • Actually your grammar is quite confusing: are you talking about "transporting your mom from your house to the station" for example, or the other way round? Commented Aug 2, 2016 at 9:34
  • Yes, @MaxWilliams transporting mom from home to a station, shopping center, etc. Commented Aug 2, 2016 at 9:37
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    related: 'Pick' as an alternative for 'pick up' (transport). Commented Aug 2, 2016 at 10:00

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I have edited your example sentences below, to better reflect the intended meaning I think you wanted, let me know if anything is unclear, or if I've misunderstood your question...

As you have asked for a one, or two form verb, I'd suggest the following: -

Were you not supposed to collect me this morning to avoid us getting stuck in this traffic?

That's right. Sorry I was late mom. The traffic will clear soon, and we will be on our way.

Other possibilities are..

"Were you not supposed to come and get me..."

You mentioned one or two part verbs, but just for clarification, this is a more typical phrase: -

"Were you not supposed to come and pick me up"

  • Thank you, you not only answered my question, but also edited my example to a much better form. Commented Aug 2, 2016 at 12:11
  • My pleasure, pleased I could help.
    – Gary
    Commented Aug 2, 2016 at 12:13

Were not you supposed to fetch me in the morning?

Go for and then bring back (someone or something) for someone:
he ran to fetch help



This question has been on my mind for such a long time. What if here JasonStack is not going to pick up her mom with a car? I mean, what should we say if he is on foot and is going after his mom to go somewhere together? Can we say it like this:

When I have a car: Mom, I will come to pick you up at 7:00 pm. When I don't have a car (I'm on foot): Mom, I will come after you at 7:00 pm.

Is there any difference between the two? Or can the second one be used in the first case, too?

  • It would be more idiomatic to say "come for" rather than "come after". Commented Aug 13, 2016 at 14:34

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