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    Dear teachers,

    Please read the sentence:

    They will take _____ the expressway after 10 years of its operation according to the contract.
    a. over b. back
    The key is "a". When it is something concrete then "b" can be used, is that right? For example, "to take back a book".

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: take back

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Please read the sentence:

    They will take _____ the expressway after 10 years of its operation according to the contract.
    a. over b. back
    The key is "a". When it is something concrete then "b" can be used, is that right? For example, "to take back a book".
    No, the expressway is probably also concrete (pun intended). That's not relevant. You can also "take back" an apology.
    It's simply the wrong choice.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    take over1. To assume control, management, or responsibility.
    2. To assume the control or management of or the responsibility for: She took over the job after he left.
    3. To become dominant: Our defense took over in the second half of the game.
    take over - definition of take over by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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    Re: take back

    Dear Raymott,
    Thank you very much for your explanation. I feel confused because I found the following definition in my dictionary:

    to get possession or control of something which you used to possess or control, often by using force
    The army's task is to take back the land that was lost in the war three years ago.

    Could you please kindly explain more?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    take over1. To assume control, management, or responsibility.
    2. To assume the control or management of or the responsibility for: She took over the job after he left.
    3. To become dominant: Our defense took over in the second half of the game.
    take over - definition of take over by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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    Re: take back

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear Raymott,
    Thank you very much for your explanation. I feel confused because I found the following definition in my dictionary:

    to get possession or control of something which you used to possess or control, often by using force
    The army's task is to take back the land that was lost in the war three years ago.

    Could you please kindly explain more?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    That just means you can "take back" and "take over" something at the same time.
    "Take back" isn't right for an expressway because no one gave it away or lost it in the first place.

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    Re: take back

    Dear Raymott,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.
    I think according to your explanation if it was occupied by enemies during the war then we can use "take back".

    Jiang


    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    That just means you can "take back" and "take over" something at the same time.
    "Take back" isn't right for an expressway because no one gave it away or lost it in the first place.

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    Re: take back

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear Raymott,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.
    I think according to your explanation if it was occupied by enemies during the war then we can use "take back".

    Jiang
    'Take back' is also used when political or financial control is taken back.

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