TAKE Basic Verbs Learn English Grammar

wanna speak real English from your first lesson sign up for your free lifetime account at English class 101.com hi everybody welcome back to know your verbs my name is Alicia and in this lesson we're going to talk about the verb take let's get started let's begin with the basic definition of this verb so the basic definition of the verb to take is to remove something but often without permission to remove it some examples of this you took the last cookie your dog is about to take your lunch now let's look at the conjugations for this verb present take takes past took past participle taken progressive taking now let's talk about some additional meanings for this verb the first one the first additional meaning is to receive or to accept something some examples does this restaurant take credit cards all the teachers took a 5% pay cut so in the first example sentence does this restaurant take credit cards take here means except in other words this sentence means can I use a credit card at this restaurant but we use the verb take in an expression like this instead does this restaurant take credit cards does this restaurant accept credit cards we use the verb take here in the second example sentence it also means accept or receive but in this case it means like probably that the teachers are not willing or they're not happy about a 5% pay cut but they have to accept it they have no choice but to accept it so they took a 5% pay cut so the expression all the teachers took a 5% pay cut shows they received it or they accepted this 5% pay cut but maybe they weren't really happy about it or they didn't want to but they accepted it so the second additional meaning of this verb is to cause something to go to another place so examples of this I should have taken an umbrella to the office that bus will take you to the airport okay so here we see take being used to describe maybe an object or a person moving to another location because of something else in the first example sentence it's a person like I should have taken an umbrella to the office so I should have moved my umbrella from probably my house to my office I should have done that myself in the second example sentence that bus will take you to the airport it means via that bus using that bus your body you as a person will cause to be moved to the airport so we use the verb take to do that that bus will take you to the airport move you to the airport let's move on to the third additional meaning for this verb the third additional meaning for this verb is to grasp to hold or to grip something examples of this can you take my bag for a second take this pen and write your name so here we see take being used to mean like hold something or grip something in the first example we see a very common expression can you take my bag for a second you're asking someone else please hold this for a moment please just carry this for a moment so please take this bag please take this phone please take my keys or something for a short period of time is sort of the feeling here in the second example sentence take this pen and write your name it's two commands actually take this pen one meaning put this pen in your hand hold this in your hand and after that write your name probably with the pen so we're meaning hold or carry or grasp something but we use the verb take here instead in most cases we use take just for quick everyday expressions like these okay let's move on to the fourth additional meaning for the verb so the fourth additional meaning is quite open it's to do or to perform something so examples of this I've taken that test five times let me take a look at that email so I said this means like to do or to perform something but when I say perform I don't mean like to perform entertainment I mean like to do an action I mean perform as like the formal version of do something so in the first example sentence I've taken the test five times it means like I have done essentially I have registered and written the test the act of test taking I have done that I've performed the test five times in the second example sentence let me take a look at that email we could say let me look at that email but saying take a look it sounds a little bit more casual kind of a little bit quicker I suppose do if you say let me look at that email and maybe it sounds more focused take a look sounds like maybe a quick a quick look only or it sounds a little bit faster I suppose so take a look means to do something okay let's move on to some variations for the verb take of course actually with this verb there are a lot of idioms and a lot of phrasal verbs so these are just a few you can check a dictionary online to see some more examples as well but these are some that might be useful to you right away the first variation for this verb is to take after someone to take after someone to take after someone means to resemble someone or meaning to look like someone but not just in appearance this can be in terms of personality in terms of your behavior maybe in terms of your career choices so some examples of this she takes after her father I hope the kids don't take after their grandmother okay so the first one she takes after her father means she does something that is similar to her father in the second example sentence I hope the kids don't take after their grandmother the speaker hopes the children don't have the same behavior or don't have the same something maybe personality or may looks appearance they don't do something similar to their grandmother so to take after someone means to resemble someone in some way okay let's move on to the second variation for this verb so the second variation is to take someone or something on so we can use to take someone on to take something on both of these kind of have the image of a challenge of some kind so we're accepting a challenge this can be a physical challenge or it can mean like a career challenge a project challenge a conceptual challenge examples if you threaten him he'll take you on I'm taking on some new responsibilities at work in the first example sentence it could be a physical challenge if you threaten him he'll take you on this could mean a physical fight so accepting a physical fight he'll take you 1 he will take you on means he will accept your challenge so that could mean having a physical fight it could mean having some kind of like legal fight we don't know it's quite an open expression but it means he will accept your challenge and try to win in the second example sentence I'm taking on some new responsibilities at work we see that the speaker has received new responsibilities or maybe has agreed to take new responsibilities has agreed to accept new responsibilities and they're going to try to achieve those things that achieve new goals for example so I'm taking on I'm accepting and trying to work hard on a new challenge okay let's move along to the third variation the third variation is to take something back to take something back actually has two different meanings depending on the context let's start with the first one the first meaning of to take something back is to return something to a store examples I need to take back that sweater have you taken back those shoes so here to take back just means to return an item to a store something you purchased you want your money to be returned to you so you return the item and you receive your money we say take back I need to take this item back to the store I need to return this item is what it means however there is a second meaning for to take back it means like to cancel or to nullify something that you previously said or previously wrote usually because there was a mistake or there was something wrong or you offended somebody there was some problem with what you said examples you should take back what you said about her our manager took back her comments about our design when she saw how successful it was all right so in these examples we see people in situations where someone should sort of cancel or someone should like agree that the thing that they said in the past was wrong in the first example sentence you should take back what you said about her it means you need to recognize that you said something incorrect or inappropriate about her and you should recognize that and like try to sort of fix the problem fix that situation so you can't of course not unsay words if that makes sense you can't just physically remove your words from someone's memory but you can recognize that you made a mistake and say that like you can say okay I take it back I'm sorry like I cancel what I've said before in other words in the second example sentence we see it in past tense our manager took back her comments so meaning the manager recognized that she made a mistake so her previous comments were probably negative about the design she took back her comments meaning she recognized her mistake and she admitted she had been wrong when she saw that the design was successful so we see to take back or in this case past tense took back refers to recognizing in the past that you made a mistake in your speech or in your writing and saying so to people so I made a mistake I take it back so those are a few new ways to use the verb take I hope I hope that you found something new that you can use quickly of course as I said there are many many different ways to use take as both a noun and a verb for that matter please take a look at a dictionary if you want to get some more details about this word there's lots to know of course if you liked the video please make sure to give it a thumbs up subscribe to the channel and come check us out an English class 101.com for other good English study tools don't forget to leave us a comment if you have any questions or if you want to try to make an example sentence as well thanks very much for watching this episode of know your verbs and we'll see you again soon bye Mike let's take a look at take why my snowshoeing so the second additional meaning is to cause something to go to another place did you see my hand no the second meaning is to cause something to go to a different place that was pretty good actually [Music]

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