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    How can i understand such phrase: "What-Will-It-Take?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azza Elkhamissy View Post
    How can i understand such phrase: "What-Will-It-Take?"
    Well, it would depend on context but something like "What do I have to do?" or "What must be done?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azza Elkhamissy View Post
    How can i understand such phrase: "What-Will-It-Take?"
    I think it is one of those unusual adjectives made by putting a hyphen between the words of otherwise a sentence.

    Example: I told my friend that he would be able to join the competetion if he is ready to give. At this my friend gave me a what-will-it-take look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Well, it would depend on context but something like "What do I have to do?" or "What must be done?"
    Yes, you are surely right bhaisahab but I would like to add my opinion onto it.

    I think it is one of those unusual adjectives made by putting a hyphen between the words of otherwise a sentence.

    Example: I told my friend that he would be able to join the competetion if he is ready to give. At this my friend gave me a what-will-it-take look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azza Elkhamissy View Post
    How can i understand such phrase: "What-Will-It-Take?"
    Please explain this phrase: what will it take OR
    Please help me to understand the phrase, 'what will it take'.

    It means 'what is required'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theeexcellence View Post
    I think it is one of those unusual adjectives made by putting a hyphen between the words of otherwise a sentence.

    Example: I told my friend that he would be able to join the competetion if he is ready to give. At this my friend gave me a what-will-it-take look.

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    That is an excellent example. Thanks. Ordinarily "What will it take?" would not take hyphens. However, in the above case we see it used as an adjective; hence, the hyphens bring greater clarity to the sentence.

    Again, thanks for the very useful explanation.

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    Note: I have merged the two threads. Please post a question only once.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kfredson View Post
    That is an excellent example. Thanks. Ordinarily "What will it take?" would not take hyphens. However, in the above case we see it used as an adjective; hence, the hyphens bring greater clarity to the sentence.

    Again, thanks for the very useful explanation.
    Oh Thankyou very much!
    My pleasure!
    Though on a later checking I can see that my example should have had "was" in place of "is".

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