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    Take + adverb

    Hello English friends,
    I read both versions many times:
    Please, don't take it personal!
    Please, don't take it personally!
    He takes games too serious.
    He takes games too seriously.


    I'm absolutely clueless
    Are all four sentences correct?
    I have the feeling personally and seriously are wrong, but it's only my feeling...

    Cheers!

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    Re: Take + adverb

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello English friends,
    I read both versions many times:
    Please, don't take it personal!
    Please, don't take it personally!
    He takes games too serious.
    He takes games too seriously.


    I'm absolutely clueless
    Are all four sentences correct?
    I have the feeling personally and seriously are wrong, but it's only my feeling...

    Cheers!
    Personal and serious are wrong.

    Don't take it personally!
    He takes games too seriously.

    If you think about it, the second sentence would be the answer to the question "How does he...?" When you are describing how someone does something, you need an adverb. Serious is not an adverb, but seriously is.

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