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Phrasal Verbs with TAKE

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Can you smell it? It is probably the Christmas! We are just 2 days away from the day in which we enjoy presents, food and family. We are going on holidays and what best way to say goodbye to this year than ending up talking about collocations?

 I know you all have a passion for phrasal verbs (Am I right?) and so today we are talking about another verb very popular among prepositions: TAKE.

The combinations with this phrasal verb are varied too and, because we could not put all of them, I am choosing my favourite 5 to explain and give you some examples of contexts where you can use them.

Take after

If you look like you mother, father or any other relatives, you can use this verb to refer to it. It can be used for both personality and physical appearance similarity.
“People say I take after my father because we have the same eyes”

“You are so stubborn! You take after your sister”

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Take off

This is a verb that drives my students crazy, as it has different meanings depending on the context. The first use we can apply is when we talk about flying; let’s have a look at an example:
“What time does your plane take off?”

“When the plane takes off, I need to close my eyes”

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It can also be used when we want to say something is very popular:
“Star Wars has really taken off the most watched films’ list of this year”

Las but not least, you can use this phrasal verb if you have to leave a place quickly:
“I’m sorry; I have to take off to prepare my luggage for tomorrow’s trip”

Take up

Are you looking forward to starting a new hobby this year as part of your New Year’s resolutions? Then, you can totally include this phrasal verb in your sentences if you want to say you are starting a new activity.
“I’m going to take up boxing in January because I want to start exercising”

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Take on

Are you looking for a new job this next year? If so, you are looking for people to hire or employ you, which is what this phrasal verb means.
“The bookshop is taking on new staff because they opened more branches”


Take something out on someone

This phrasal verb doesn’t have 1 preposition but 2! It is an expression that we use when we are angry about something and we blame someone or get upset with someone as a consequence.
“Hey, I know your team lost the match but don’t take it out in me. It is not my fault!”

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Now you know some more vocabulary that you can use in your day to day conversations.

I would love to see your comments about any other phrasal verbs you know, so please do so by writing below!