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There are verb + adverb collocations like wave frantically (not wave hecticly). There are adjective + noun collocations like regular exercise (not steady exercise). There are adverb + adjective collocations like completely or wholly satisfied (not utterly satisfied). And there are verb + noun or verb + object collocations like follow someone's example (not pursue someone's example). take Take is one of the most commonly used verbs in the English language whose basic meaning is to move something or somebody from one place to another, e.g: I took him to the hospital because he was having difficulty breathing. Take plenty of warm sweaters. It will be cold in Scotland. There are a large number of take + noun collocations of which I include a selection of the most common below. Note how much of the original meaning of take is retained in these examples. The first five are relatively easy to understand: take a walk / a bus / a train take a minute / a while / ten minutes take exercise take an interest in take a photo I'm not ready yet. Why don't you take a walk round the park? It's essential for your health to take regular exercise. I took 300 photographs when I was on holiday in Patagonia. Since Sharapova won Wimbledon my son has taken an interest in tennis. Aren't you finished yet? ~ No, it will take me a while, I'm afraid The middle five are a bit more difficult so an explanation of the meaning is given after each example: take steps / measures / action take advice take offence take cover
you'll stop seeing him. measures. There's no need to take offence. so we had to take cover. etc: perform an action in order to achieve something take advice: follow someone's guidance (on how best to achieve something) take offence: feel upset because of something someone has said or done take cover: hide of shelter from e. Try to take heart from the fact that he's no longer in pain. I was only joking! They were firing over our heads. We should take steps to ensure that no more money is lost on this venture. . The company took the axe to senior management and abolished five posts. ___________________________________________________________________________ take steps. I'm afraid.g bad weather or gunfire take pity: show sympathy for someone because they are in a bad situation. The final five are most difficult as they are idioms whose original meaning has been lost (but which is explained in the notes below): take the mickey out of someone take the axe to something take a raincheck take heart take one's breath away Stop taking the mickey.take pity If you take my advice. I'm fed up with being the butt of your jokes. She took pity on the stray dog and be became a family pet. Can you manage Friday? ~ I'll have to take a raincheck on that. The way she played Lady Macbeth was so compelling it took my breath away.
take one's breath away: be so surprised by something that it makes you hold your breath Ones that we have not worked on include: take a seat take a bath / shower take care take a look take milk / sugar in tea / coffee take a break take somebody's word for something take your temperature take a risk take the credit take responsibility take the weight off ones feet take a dim view of something take ones hat off to someone take a page out of someone's book take a leak take stock that takes the biscuit! . Mickey represents Mickey Bliss. Cockney rhyming slang for piss. take heart: take courage In former times. The expression then is a euphemism for take the piss.take the mickey out of someone: to tease. take the axe to something: make drastic cuts. A rainckeck was originally a voucher used in the US entitling one to see another baseball game if the original one was rained off. particularly in workforce take a raincheck: politely decline an offer whilst implying that you may take it up later. moral courage was supposed to come from the heart and physical courage from the stomach.