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    Default take something on a cell phone

    http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/02/...tball-stadium/
    The police quickly arrested two 15-year-old boys, including one who took video of the drunk girl on his cell phone. It was the video, in fact, that tipped the high school to the girl’s whereabouts as the teens in the stadium bleachers watched her start to slip away.

    Is on correctly used here? Can "with" be used instead?

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    Default Re: take something on a cell phone

    You could use "with" but "on" sounds more natural to me. The content was on his phone.
    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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    Default Re: take something on a cell phone

    He used the phone to take the video, so I find "with" more natural.

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    Default Re: take something on a cell phone

    Quote Originally Posted by sunsunmoon View Post
    He used the phone to take the video, so I find "with" more natural.
    Let's decide on one thing, shall we ? Do we take video or the video?

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    Default Re: take something on a cell phone

    To describe the activity of using the phone to record video, you would say they "took video."

    When talking about a particular recording, you would say they took THE video.

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    Default Re: take something on a cell phone

    I think on suggests more the storage of the video, while with suggests the means.

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    Default Re: take something on a cell phone

    Video is a perfectly normal verb, so '...he videoed the drunk girl on his cell phone' would work just fine.

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