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    I was corrected by someone on this sentence.

    Take you own time to complete the task. (The person said, the word "own" should not be used)

    You should simply say "Take your time to complete the task"

    Please advise!

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    Default Re: Sentence construction

    The person is right. "own" should not be used in that sentence.

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    Default Re: Sentence construction

    Quote Originally Posted by gabber View Post
    The person is right. "own" should not be used in that sentence.
    Thank you Gabber!

    But I am curious if there is any rule\reason behind it or grammatically incorrect.

    Your assistance would be much appreciated!

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    The idiom is "take your time." There is also "take your own sweet time" (a sarcastic way to imply that you are taking too long to do something).

    There is also "Do it at your own pace."

    But you can't mix and match and create "Take your own time."
    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 Barb_D View Post
    The idiom is "take your time." There is also "take your own sweet time" (a sarcastic way to imply that you are taking too long to do something).

    There is also "Do it at your own pace."

    But you can't mix and match and create "Take your own time."
    Thank you very much for elaborating on this Barb!

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    Default Re: Sentence construction

    "take your own time" is perfectly acceptable in BrEng. It has a slightly different meaning to "take your time". "Take your time" means to do something slowly or carefully without rushing; "take your own time" means to do something at a pace that suits you, ie do something "in your own time".

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    It's also not uncommon in AusE.
    But I don't think there's any suggestion that you were about to take someone else's time to do it.

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    Default Re: Sentence construction

    Yet again, I learn about a new way to use familiar words.

    I can picture an American looking quizzical upon hearing this and thinking "And whose time would I be taking if not my own??"
    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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