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    put up, take advantage of, use

    put upon
    to use somebody's kindness for your own advantage by asking them to do things for you that you should not expect them to do
    'I felt that my mother had been put upon.'
    (Collins Cobuild 30th Anniversary Edition)
    put-upon ADJ if you are put-upon, you are treated badly by someone who takes advantage of your willingness to help them.[INFORMAL]
    'Volunteers from all walks of life are feeling put-upon.'
    (Collins Cobuild Advanced Learner's Dictionary)

    I know some similar phrasal verbs as 'take advantage of', 'get the most out of', and single verb. I wonder whether 'take advantage of' and 'use' are used as the synonyms to 'put upon' as negative meaning. Do the sentences below essentially have the same meanings as the above two dictionary example sentences?

    I felt that my mother had taken advantage of.
    I felt that my mother had been used.

    Volunteers from all walks of life are feeling taken advantage of.
    Volunteers from all walks of life are feeling been used.

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    Re: put up, take advantage of, use

    /I'm not a teacher

    Is that "been taken advantage of"?

    I felt that my mother had been taken advantage of.

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    Re: put up, take advantage of, use

    Quote Originally Posted by viettran View Post
    /I'm not a teacher

    Is that "been taken advantage of"?

    I felt that my mother had been taken advantage of.
    Oh, yes.

    *I felt that my mother had been taken advantage of.
    I felt that my mother had been used.

    *Volunteers from all walks of life are feeling been taken advantage of.
    Volunteers from all walks of life are feeling been used.

    BTW, what a verbose phrasal word!...

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    Re: put up, take advantage of, use

    Quote Originally Posted by eggcracker View Post
    Oh, yes.

    *I felt that my mother had been taken advantage of.
    I felt that my mother had been used.

    *Volunteers from all walks of life are feeling been taken advantage of.
    Volunteers from all walks of life are feeling been used.

    BTW, what a verbose phrasal word!...
    *Volunteers from all walks of life are feeling been taken advantage of.
    Volunteers from all walks of life are feeling been used.
    These are incorrect.

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    Re: put up, take advantage of, use

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    *Volunteers from all walks of life are feeling been taken advantage of.
    Volunteers from all walks of life are feeling been used.
    These are incorrect.
    incorrect synonyms? I wonder if they are incorrect in which terms of which. If it's because of structure, do they have to be like the following to be compared with "I felt that my mother had been put upon."?
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    I felt that my mother taken advantage of.
    Volunteers from all walks of life are feeling been used.

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    Re: put up, take advantage of, use

    Quote Originally Posted by eggcracker View Post
    incorrect synonyms? I wonder if they are incorrect in which terms of which. If it's because of structure, do they have to be like the following to be compared with "I felt that my mother had been put upon."?
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    I felt that my mother taken advantage of.
    Volunteers from all walks of life are feeling been used.
    The following sentences show the correct structure:

    I felt that my mother had been taken advantage of.
    I felt that my mother had been used.

    Volunteers from all walks of life are feeling taken advantage of.
    Volunteers from all walks of life are feeling used.

    "To feel" and "to be" are both verbs so you would be either "feeling" or "being", but not both ("feeling been").

    Additionally, "take advantage of" can be extended with a subject:

    He was taking advantage of her kindness.

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