#174 English Common Phrasal 
Verbs with TAKE

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Hi, I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. And I am here to help you speak English fluently with no grammar and no textbooks.

Today we are going to continue learning new phrasal verbs. This time with the verb TAKE.

And with a point of view lesson, you will learn grammar in context without memorizing any boring rules. I’ll tell you a story several times from different grammar points. I can change the tense or the person. And like that, you will learn grammar in context.

Ok. Let’s start!

Most English learners tend to become overly concerned with how to learn phrasal verbs. A phrasal verb is just a verb and a particle. For example, “take after.”

There are thousands of phrasal verbs. Sometimes they may be confusing.

Also, each phrasal verb can have multiple meanings.

Ok, this scenario doesn’t seem very encouraging, and the million-dollar question is:

How can you learn all those phrasal verbs?

Here’s the good news: You need to learn the most common ones. In other words, what people use most of the time.

So, let’s learn some common phrasal verbs with the verb TAKE:

1. Take After somebody

To resemble a parent (looks or behavior)

“I take after my mother so much that people think we are sisters.”

2. Take something Apart

It means to disassemble or to separate the parts of something so that they are not together.

“I’m going to have to take apart the remote control to clean it well.”

3. Take something Back

This phrasal verb means to say that you don’t really mean what you’ve said or written.

I take it back. You’re not the worst person I’ve ever met. But you are the second-worst person I know.”

4. Take Down

It means to separate the pieces of a structure or write something down.

Examples:

“We’ll have to take down the cupboard if we want to paint the walls.”

“I’ve been trying to get back to you, but I took your number down incorrectly.”

5. Take On

It means to accept a job, responsibility, or to hire somebody.

Examples:

“I can’t take on any more responsibilities; I’m too overstressed.”

“By the end of the year, we plan to take on 100 more people in our company.”

6. Take over

It means to gain control.

Examples:

“My boss told me to take over the project because my colleague was inefficient.”

“When my father retired, my brother took over the business.”

7. Take somebody Up on something

This phrasal verb means to accept an offer.

Example:

“-You’re always welcome to visit us.”

“-Thank you, I’ll take you up on that the next time I come to Vienna.”

Ok, so today, we have learned some phrasal verbs with the verb take.

My advice is to learn phrasal verbs in context and never memorize them, especially because many of them have several meanings.

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