Everyday English Expressions with TAKE
Hi English learners! Welcome to a new lesson. We will look at 15 everyday English expressions with TAKE.
Here is the list:
- Be taken with something or someone
- Take your time
- Take the liberty
- Take steps
- Take notes
- Take advice
- Take pride in something
- Take place
- Take heart
- Take a breath
- Take advantage of someone
- Take the blame
- Take it or leave it
- Have what it takes
- Take something as it comes
Be taken with something or someone
Meaning: to be interested and attracted by something or someone.
- Nick was taken with the girl, so he asked her out.
- Lorna seemed taken with the idea of moving to another country.
Take your time
Meaning: to do something without hurrying.
- You don’t have to decide immediately. Take your time.
- Take your time to relax and have a proper rest; see you again on Monday!
Take the liberty of
Meaning: to do something without asking for permission.
- I hope you don’t mind – I took the liberty of borrowing your phone. I needed it urgently.
- I took the liberty of inviting my friend to your party.
Meaning: to act in order to achieve something.
- Martin’s parents asked him to take steps to improve his grades if he wants to go to college.
- The school will take steps against bullying.
Meaning: to record information by writing.
- Sophie opened her notebook and began to take notes at the meeting.
- The students were sitting, ready to take notes during the lecture.
Meaning: to do what someone advises you to do.
- I decided to take my lawyer’s advice and invest my money in that company’s shares.
- Do you tend to take your friends’ advice?
Take pride in something
Meaning: to feel proud about something.
- Lucy was a successful businesswoman who took pride in her work.
- Mary and her husband took pride in their children.
Meaning: to happen.
- The story of the film takes place in the 17th century in the south of France.
- The music festival takes place next Saturday.
Meaning: get encouraged or more confident.
- Take heart. You’ll recover soon and things will get better.
- If things seem to progress too slowly, take heart and just go on.
Take a breath
Meaning: to breathe in.
- Anna took a deep breath and opened the letter.
- He took a breath and dived into the water.
Take advantage of someone
Meaning: to use someone’s weakness to get something from them.
- The beach painter took advantage of the tourist and charged him too much.
- If you are too weak, people will take advantage of you.
Take the blame
Meaning: to admit that you’ve done something wrong.
- The lorry driver took the blame for the accident and agreed to pay for the damage.
- Brian was a proud man who refused to take the blame for other people’s mistakes.
Take it or leave it
Meaning: use the phrase to tell someone that you don’t care whether they will accept your offer or not.
- I’m afraid we can’t give you a discount. Take it or leave it.
- This is my final offer – take it or leave it.
Have what it takes
Meaning: to have enough knowledge, ability, etc. to be successful.
- We hope the candidates have what it takes for the position.
- Sandra is an extraordinary pianist. I think she has what it takes to become famous someday.
Take something as it comes
Meaning: to accept something without much thinking about it.
- Julie is a brave woman who takes life as it comes to her.
- After her illness, Amanda learned to take each day as it comes and take things easy.
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