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    It didnít happen all at once, but before long the business really began to ----, and they started to
    make a profit.

    A) look back B) take up C) point out D) keep on E) try out

    Well, it has been quoted from a nationwide exam in Turkey. The official answer is B, but I don't think "take up" means "to be successful, begin to improve". What do you think?

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    Hello Diamond, welcome to Using English!

    "To take off" is the natural answer; but my dictionary does give "to take up" as "to improve", in the context of weather.

    However, this isn't something I knew, before I looked in the dictionary; so it seems a little extreme to expect such knowledge in an ESL student.

    (You have my sympathy.)

    MrP

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    Thank you, MrP. It was really illuminating.

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    Take off or Pick up sound better to me.

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