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    #1

    ...take it easy

    Could you please explain this clearer for me:
    "people regard it as taking it easy".
    The first "it" refers to "taking off your jacket and rolling up your sleeves is a sign of getting down to work".
    Thank you so much!

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    Re: ...take it easy

    I don't understand this.

    When you take it easy, you don't thing bother you, you don't work too hard,etc.

    On the other hand, we (in the US) use this idea of "rolling up your sleeves" as preparation for getting ready to work hard and with focus. Let's roll up our sleeves and get down to business.

    I can't make sense of saying how rolling up your sleeves is taking it easy.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: ...take it easy

    Thank you, I found that situation in an English textbook, the below is the original text abstracted from that book:
    "...Taking off your jacket and rolling up your sleeves is a sign of getting down to work in Britain and Holland, but in Germany people regard it as taking it easy."...
    I can't understand the last sentence! Is that wrong?
    Ah, you can search it exactly word by word with Google, you'll find the original text in the electronic version of the book!
    Thank you so much!

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