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    What is right " Take a decision" or "Make a decision" Pl. refer to sentence below where it was used:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vidush
    What is right " Take a decision" or "Make a decision" Pl. refer to sentence below where it was used:

    Get daily calorie intake reports with report.com's online calorie calculator. Get specific information about what you eat and take better health decisions.
    make (active)
    take (passive)

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    Not sure about the active/passive distinction.
    'take' a decision is reported to be more BE. Stick to 'make' if you want to be on the safe side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    Not sure about the active/passive distinction.
    'take' a decision is reported to be more BE. Stick to 'make' if you want to be on the safe side.

    FRC
    Hi Francois,

    Yes, it's common to use "make a decision", "take" is "new" to me :wink: .


    Ulli

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    well in canada we only use make a decision
    i have never heard anyone use take a decision

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    I got 77,300 listings from a Google search of "take a decision." This is what I got from Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary:

    Take:
    (2) : to make (a decision) especially with finality or authority.

    I think taking a decision is stronger than making one.

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    Teachers, agree?

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    I agree- I'd only use it when talking about people with authority. I wouldn't 'take a decision' to go the the cinema tonight.

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    Thanks. I saw a website urging a government agency taking a decision. That must be it.

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    That's just the kind of context it could be used in.

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