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    take/get/keep sombody's mind off something

    Is there a meaningful difference between the following sentences?

    Diane finds that being creative takes her mind off her work.

    Diane finds that being creative gets her mind off her work.
    Diane finds that being creative keeps her mind off her work.

    It seems to me that with "keep" there is an implication of continuity, but with "takes" and "gets" it can (also) be discontinuous process. (The Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English treats take/get/keep sb's mind off something as the same expression, but I'm wondering whether or not there is subtle difference because in one of my CPE papers, the key opted for "takes" and not the other ones.)

    What do you think?

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    Re: take/get/keep sombody's mind off something

    I agree with you. Takes and gets refer more to the initial change in thinking, and keeps emphasizes maintaining that over time.
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