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    Smile Anne's cookie business has really taken off.

    Anne's cookie business really taken off.


    For me, the above means all of the following, but I'm not sure which one is closest in meaning to it.

    Anne's cookie business really become prosperous.
    Anne's cookie business has really become a hit.
    Anne's cookie business has really become prevailing.


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    #2

    Re: Anne's cookie business has really taken off.

    The metaphor here refers to an airplane leaving the ground.

    I think the first sentence is just a typing mistake: ...has really become prosperous.
    ..become a hit is colloquial, but it expresses the meaning well.
    "become prevailing" doesn't work. "...has prevailed over the competition" would be good English, but it's not what you set out to say.

    Other possibilities:
    ...has been tremendously successful.
    ...is doing very well now.
    ...has become extremely popular.
    ...has attracted many customers and is doing a great volume of business.

    Of course, there are many possibilities. Perhaps "become a hit" is the best. A cookie business is not really a formal situation, and the colloquialism seems to work here.

    happy munching!
    edward

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Anne's cookie business really taken off.


    For me, the above means all of the following, but I'm not sure which one is closest in meaning to it.

    Anne's cookie business really become prosperous.
    Anne's cookie business has really become a hit.
    Anne's cookie business has really become prevailing.

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    Re: Anne's cookie business has really taken off.

    Thanks, Adward.
    Got it.


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    Re: Anne's cookie business has really taken off.

    Who's this Adward? Do I have a rival now?

    all is forgiven
    edward

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    Thanks, Adward.
    Got it.

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    Re: Anne's cookie business has really taken off.

    Quote Originally Posted by baqarah131 View Post
    Who's this Adward? Do I have a rival now?

    all is forgiven
    edward
    Sorry! Edward, for the typo!
    I'm really sorry!

    By the way, what do you mean by "all is forgiven?"


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    Re: Anne's cookie business has really taken off.

    It's something we say when there's nothing to forgive. My wife used to look at me and say "I forgive you" when I had no idea what I was being forgiven for.
    I meant, jokingly, that you'd taken on a rival, this new guy, Adward, and I'd forgive you for that.

    Cheers! I guess I'm a Sinoholic.

    edward

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Sorry! Edward, for the typo!
    I'm really sorry!

    By the way, what do you mean by "all is forgiven?"

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    Re: Anne's cookie business has really taken off.

    Thanks, Edward.
    Gotcha.

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