This verb phrase appeared in a big exam. The answer to the question is "take to play golf" which means "like to play golf". I have never memorized such phrase and its meaning. I wonder if English native speakers use it often both in spoken and written language. How do you use it? Could you offer some sentences? Thanks a lot.
The original question is
After retirement, Mr. Wang _____ ice skating, which he had always loved but had not had time for.
(A) appealed to (B) took to (C) related to (D) saw to
Please go to: take - Definition and pronunciation | Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com
(Scroll down to 'take to something'.)
I hope it will shed some light on your query.
I didn't remember the original sentence until Gillnetter ask for it.
So, what I want to make sure is if you use "take to" often to say "like to".
Or do you mean "take to V" besides tense differs a lot from "took to v" in meaning?
The tense isn't important.
Look at the idiom "to take to something like a duck to water" from this very forum: Like a duck to water - Idiom Definition - UsingEnglish.com
The gist of this is that a duckling doesn't have to be encouraged to be comfortable in the water, they are immediately able to move about freely and swim in the water. They don't really need to be taught very much by the parent ducks. Someone who "takes to" a sport starts to enjoy it very quickly and also becomes good at it quite quickly, having a natural talent for it.