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Phrasal verbs: to TAKE
Among the most common verbs which are used to build PHRASAL VERBS, To TAKE, I TOOK, TAKEN is one of the most frequently used.It gives birth to many verbs with new meanings.
To take after someone= ressemble
Take in = make smaller/ tighter
Take out / take away
Take over= take control
Take on = hire
I) Some particles have different meanings depending on the contexts:
1. * To take in a blouse= to make smaller, tighter
* To take in a cat = to adopt a (stray) cat
2. * To take back books (to the library)= give back
* To take back a promise= not to keep a promise
3. * To take off (a plane)/ (a company)= to start flying/ to develop.
4. * To take on a challenge
* To take on an employee= to hire an employee
5. * To take down notes
* To take down someone= to humiliate (to take down a notch= to scold)
* to take down enemies= to beat up.
II) ... and others:
a) - TO TAKE OUT:
* - Please, take out the rubbish before going to school!
* = invite out:
- Brian took me out to an Indian restaurant to celebrate my birthday.
* = to take out= (US); GB= to take away :
- To eat in or to take away?= GB/ To eat here, or to take out?/ or to go? = US
* = kill.
- A guy was hired to take out the witness before the trial.
b) TO TAKE OVER:
* to take control:
- I'm looking after the baby, but Carla will take over when she's back from work.
* = and in Politics/ or in Economics (companies):
- After the army took over the country, there were huge protests all over the world.
c) TO TAKE UP:
* = (when dealing with TIME or SPACE)
- This double bed takes up too much room; you should have a couch instead.
* = spend time
- After the army, he took up with a group of veterans and hung around with them all day long.
* = start studying.
- Sara took up studying Spanish after going out with Miguel.
III) and a few expressions:
- to take up with someone= to discuss with someone
- to take under your wing = protect
You have now all you need to form many different verbs, only using To TAKE. It's your move, now! Have a good test!
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