I take the train every morning to my office. I generally take the same train every morning. I had a headache on the train this morning so I took some medicine and fell asleep. I hope nobody took my photo! When I got to the office I took out my keyboard and mouse and started working. I took my pen in my hand and started working on lessons.
For today’s free English Lesson, we are going to look at several common uses of the verb take. Have a look at the paragraph above and then check the lesson. Note that take is an irregular verb so the three forms are take, took (past) and taken (past participle):
The basic meaning of take is to get into your hands or to reach out and told something:
- Take my hand and let’s walk on the beach together.
- Can I take this pen?
- Ok. Let’s move the desk. You take that side, and I’ll take this side.
Take also has the meaning of to remove something or a person from a certain place. We often use take out or take away:
- He took his wallet out and paid for lunch.
- Please take out a pen or a pencil. It’s time for a quiz!
- The police took the suspect to the station for questioning.
Take also means to chose or select:
- I’ll take a double cheese burger and a side of fries.
- There are so many nice pens in the display case. I think I’ll take the blue one.
- I baked a lot of cookies, so you can take as many as you like.
We also use take to mean swallow or drink medicine:
- The doctor said to take aspirin for a headache.
- How many spoonfuls of this cough medicine should I take?
- Take one tablet three times a day.
Take also means to ride, when we talk about transportation.
- I take the commuter train every morning.
- If you want to go to Boston, you can take a train or a plane from New York.
- Let’s take the express bus today.
We also use take to mean steal:
- Someone took my pen!
- The office was robbed and they took three computers.
- I keep my bicycle locked, so I am sure nobody will take it.
We use be or get taken to mean deceived or cheated:
- If you see people playing the shell game on the street, don’t bet your money. You’ll surely get taken.
- The man said this was a new camera, but I was taken. It’s actually used.
We can say that someone is taken. It means that person is married or already in a romantic relationship:
- She’s a nice girl. It’s too bad she’s taken.
- I was talking to him for an hour before I realized he was taken.
There are also many things you can take in English:
- If you want to remember what the teacher says, you should take notes.
- The doctor can take your temperature measure your body temperature or take your blood pressure measure your blood pressure.
- If you want to have visual memories of an event, you can take a photo.
Now it’s your turn. How about writing a few sentences using this vocabulary in the comment box below? I’ll review them for you!
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