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Bag up

Post by Stevenloan » Wed Dec 20, 2017 8:46 am

Hi everybody! In this situation, A is the seller and B is the buyer. After B tries a sweater on, B agrees to buy it. A tells B that A will put it in a bag for B. Could you please tell me which sentence below is more correct and more commonly used?

A. Let me bag it for you.
B. Let me bag it up for you.

Thanks so much!

StevenLoan
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Re: Bag up

Post by tony h » Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:30 am

Others may have a different view. In English "bag", as a verb, tends to mean "shoot for sport". So you bag big game like a lion, a zebra or a crocodile. It also works with the results of the morning walk. "Took the dogs up to spinney hill and bagged a rabbit and a brace of pheasants."

We would tend to say "would you like a bag for that", especially since the introduction of charges for bags, or "let me put that in a bag for you."

The phrases you use, I think, are American.
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Re: Bag up

Post by BonnieL » Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:54 pm

I've never heard it asked that way. More apt to be: "Would you like a bag?"
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Re: Bag up

Post by Stevenloan » Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:14 am

tony h and BonnieL : Thank you two so so much. I really appreciate it.
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Re: Bag up

Post by Phil White » Fri Dec 22, 2017 6:59 pm

In supermarkets in the UK, where we no longer get free plastic carrier bags, it is still common for the cashier to put meat items in small plastic bags. In this context, I certainly hear both of your constructions: "I'll just bag that up for you".

Otherwise, in other shops, I guess it is more normal to hear "Do you want a bag for that?", although you actually rarely get any choice in the matter!

When I turn up at the cash desk at a supermarket with my white cane, the normal question is "Do you need any help with your packing?".
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Re: Bag up

Post by Bobinwales » Sat Dec 23, 2017 4:25 pm

I get asked the same question Phil and my stick is brown. Apart for the black ones that is.
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Re: Bag up

Post by Stevenloan » Sat Dec 23, 2017 5:03 pm

Phil White : Thank you for the two versions. Bob : Thanks for your input.
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