Take a few minutes to think about the verb TO TAKE.
To Take literally means “to bring something with you.” Take an umbrella, or take a book to read, for example. However, many other activities use this verb, even though you are not really “taking” anything.
Here are some of the more commons expressions that are formed with take.
Take a Photo
Nowadays, everyone has a camera, and people are taking more photos than ever. Use TAKE for phones, cameras, and recordings.
- take a photo, take a picture
- take a screenshot
- take a selfie (but not too many)
Take a Shower
Use TAKE for a shower or a bath, everyday.
- After working all day, it’s good to take a nice, hot shower to relax.
- Do most kids love taking baths?
Take a Trip
Use TAKE for many kinds of travel and getaways.
- take a vacation
- take a trip
- take a cruise
- take a tour of the city
Take a Taxi
For modes of transportation, use TAKE to show how you get somewhere.
- Take a taxi, take an Uber
- Take the train, the subway, the trolley, the bus, a flight
- Take a walk, a hike, a swim
- Take the elevator, take the stairs
Take a Nap
If you get tired from all that moving around, use TAKE for naps and rest, but not sleep.
- Take a nap
- Take a rest
- Take a break
- Take five (Take five minutes to rest)
Unfortunately, we can’t always be healthy. When we get sick, TAKING medicine can make us feel better.
- Take two aspirin
- Take pills, tablets, painkillers
- Take antibiotics
- Take vitamins
- Take drugs (Please, don’t.)
Use TAKE with these time expressions to show how much time you need to do something, or to give yourself more time.
- Learning a language takes a long time.
- It takes three hours to drive to L.A.
- We should all take the time to enjoy life.
- Take your time on the test so you don’t make any mistakes.
Take a Test
Speaking of tests, use TAKE for all kinds of evaluations and classes.
- Take a test
- Take a quiz
- Take an exam
- Take a survey
- Take an English class, take lessons
TAKE(S) / TOOK / TAKEN
Read these conversation questions using good sentence stress and rhythm. To learn more about sentence stress, click here.
- How many pictures do you take every day?
- Do you take photos with a camera or with your phone?
- Do you take a shower in the morning or at night?
- When are you going to take your next trip?
- Would you prefer to take a vacation with your friends or your family? Why?
- How many times have you taken an Uber?
- Do you feel better after taking a nap, or do you still feel tired?
- Do you take vitamins every day?
- How long does it take you to get to work? Do you take your car or the train?
- If you took a math test, do you think you would pass?
If you can remember and use a few of these expressions with TAKE, you’re well on your way to becoming more fluent.
I hope this blog was useful to you all. Take care!