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fill in and fill up

Hong Kong

fill in and fill up
Would someone please explain the difference between the two phrasal verbs?

- fill up these forms
- fill in these forms


1 Jan 2014      

United States

As an American English speaker, I would always use "in" for forms, or other communication. I would only use "fill up" for physical space. I filled up my car with things to take to the hazardous waste collection site on Thursday, and then I ´ll need to fill up my gas tank.

1 Jan 2014     

United Kingdom

Definitely ´fill in ´ - this means you are putting in all the necessary details. If you did say ´fill up ´ it would mean add much more, for example, if you were applying for a job and there was a page for additional information, you should ´fill it up ´, or at least put down as much as you can. 

1 Jan 2014