The English verb TO TAKE (past tense – TOOK) is a difficult verb for English students because it has many different meanings and uses. TAKE is one of the most frequently used verbs in the English language.
The English Verb to Take
Expressions and Idioms with Take
Let’s review some expressions and idioms with TAKE. For those of my students who prefer video-based learning, there is a video lesson about English Expressions with TAKE at the bottom of this post.
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1. remove or steal something without permission
ex. He took the book from the shelf to look at the cover. (=to remove) or
He took the money from the table when no one was looking. (=to steal)
2. to accept something
ex. Does this shop accept credit cards?
3. to wear a particular size in clothes/shoes
ex. -What size shoe do you take? –Size 10, I have big feet.
– What is your dress size, madam? – I usually take a size
TO TAKE IT EASY
to relax and do nothing
ex. You have been working hard all week you should take it easy for the next few days.
TO TAKE A BREAK
to have a short holiday/rest
ex. He booked a spa resort for his wife and himself. They wanted to take a short break before the busy season started.
TO TAKE A SHOWER OR A BATH
to wash or bathe
ex. They were going out for dinner so he took a shower and changed his clothes when he came home.
TAKE A JOKE
not be offended if someone says something funny about you, to be able to laugh at one’s joke about yourself
ex. I can take a joke, but I have heard this many times over the years.
TAKE YOUR TIME
this is a very common English expression when we don’t want somebody to hurry, take as much time as you need
ex. Take your time. Don’t rush into anything too fast before you’re truly ready.
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TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SOMETHING
make use or get benefit from the opportunities that are available (sometimes in an unfair way)
ex. He took advantage of strong winds to win the race.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SOMEONE
to use someone’s weakness to get what you want
ex. He had no idea what he was saying and the media took advantage of him.
TAKE ITS TOLL (OF SOMETHING)
to cause a lot harm or damage
ex. The financial meltdown took its toll last year as some 15,000 jobs were cut in the first quarter alone.
to become or look real, to materialise
ex. A new community learning centre is beginning to take shape.
TAKE THE PLUNGE
to stop hesitating and finally do something that was planned to do
ex. In his mid-forties John realised that it’s probably the best time to take the plunge and start working full time on his own business.
TAKE SOMEONE UNDER ONE’S WING
to protect someone from something, to care for someone
ex. Phil immediately took the new boy under his wing and introduced him to his friends.
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