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    take for and take as

    Dear teachers,

    I have problem with the understanding of two definitions. One is "take for" , which is defined as "consider, view as". The other is "take as", which is defined as "regard". But in the sentence:

    Don't take me for an idiot.

    I can't see there is much difference between the two sentences if I replace "for" with "as". Could you please explain more?

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

    Jiang

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    Re: take for and take as

    "Don't take me for a fool" sounded better to my ears but I wasn't sure so I did some googling.

    "Don't take me for a fool" is by far the most common.
    "Don't take me for an idiot" is less common, but still widely used.

    "Don't take me as a fool" gets only 31 unique hits, and is mostly used in informal writing.
    "Don't take me as an idiot" gets only 19 unique hits, and again, mostly informal writing.

    So "as" is rarely used. "For" is just more idiomatic in this case.

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    Re: take for and take as

    Dear Munch,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Munch View Post
    "Don't take me for a fool" sounded better to my ears but I wasn't sure so I did some googling.

    "Don't take me for a fool" is by far the most common.
    "Don't take me for an idiot" is less common, but still widely used.

    "Don't take me as a fool" gets only 31 unique hits, and is mostly used in informal writing.
    "Don't take me as an idiot" gets only 19 unique hits, and again, mostly informal writing.

    So "as" is rarely used. "For" is just more idiomatic in this case.

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