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VOCABULARY BOOST: THE USE OF TAKE

Take is the next KEY WORD in our series on boosting your vocabulary. We are going to look at TAKE in this post to clear up any doubts that you may have about its use and also to improve your vocabulary with phrasal verbs and fixed expressions:

VOCABULARY BOOST- TAKE

 

FOR EXERCISES USING TAKE IN PDF CLICK (HERE)

 

(USA) American English:

British English and American English are both just as valid as each other. In the writing of English, it is better not to mix them though. Choose one and use it!

Marc Huckle

As a British person it would be weird for my to use terms such as TAKE a shower or TAKE a beer. But in American English these terms are perfectly acceptable. You can substitute do, have or get in many situations.

 

Do:

Do an exam = TAKE an exam

Do some exercise = TAKE some exercise

 

Have:

Have a shower = TAKE a shower

Have a drink = TAKE a drink

Have a rest = TAKE a rest

 

Get:

Get the bus = TAKE the bus

Get the train = TAKE the train

 

TRY OUR VOCABULARY LEARNING METHOD (HERE) WITH THESE COLLOCATIONS

 

Phrasal verbs:

You should learn phrasal verbs by learning them as a short phase in a context, not as individual words. You must write lots of phrases and use them speaking, see our previous post on phrasal verbs (HERE)

Example phrase: Don´t take me for a fool!

Take over = assume control of

Take up = start doing/sign up for

Take on = hire someone/ face a challenge

Take in = understand

Take out = withdraw/ remove from a place

Take after = be similar to a relative

Take to = become good at

Take off = become successful

Take care of = look after

Take back = accept something that is returned to you

Take apart = dissemble

Take along = bring

Take down = remove or bring to the ground

Take upon = assume responsibility for

Take around = accompany someone around a place

Take for = think of someone in a certain way

 

Fixed expressions:

Example phrase: I think it is important to take into account all of the factors before we make a decision.

Take into account = consider

Take a look = check out

Take your time = do something slowly/patiently

Take a trip = go on a trip

Take part in = participate in

Take a break = relax for a short time

Take a chance = risk something

Take a seat = sit down

Take notes = write something down

DOWNLOAD THIS POST IN PDF (HERE)

 

Take is a simple word but it can be used in various different ways. Make sure that you get used to using both British and American English so that you can understand everything.

 

Other posts on vocabulary:

VOCABULARY BOOST: THE USE OF MEAN

VOCABULARY BOOST: THE USE OF GET

VOCABULARY BOOST: MAKE VERSUS DO

THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN SIMILAR WORDS: FOR, (SINCE) AND DURING

THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN SIMILAR WORDS: AS VERSUS LIKE

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