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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 back       

       Take in = make smaller/ tighter    


                 Take out / take away         

           Take over= take control

                 Take off          


                      Take on = hire        

                 Take up   

                     Take down


    Different meanings: 

    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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