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    Question Meaning of 'take casualties'

    Hi,

    can you show me the way to understand the meaning of the following sentence (the bold part):

    At Stalingrad, the Soviets took perhaps a million casualties, and inflicted nearly a million more, to wrest the initiative from Germany. (it's an extract of The New York Times about the war in Afghanistan).

    I would like to know if the sense in this case of the verb 'take' is like 'receive', 'have' or make. I am a bit confused about 'take casualties' it seems to me a little bizzare.

    Thanks in advance for your cooperation (Do not hesitate to correct me - My pleasure).

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    Default Re: Meaning of 'take casualties'

    Quote Originally Posted by The French View Post
    Hi,

    can you show me the way to understand the meaning of the following sentence (the bold part):

    At Stalingrad, the Soviets took perhaps a million casualties, and inflicted nearly a million more, to wrest the initiative from Germany. (it's an extract of The New York Times about the war in Afghanistan).

    I would like to know if the sense in this case of the verb 'take' is like 'receive', 'have' or make. I am a bit confused about 'take casualties' it seems to me a little bizzare.

    Thanks in advance for your cooperation (Do not hesitate to correct me - My pleasure).
    To "take casualties" means to suffer/sustain casualties. If an army "takes a million casualties", it means that a million of their soldiers have been killed or wounded.

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