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    take me to task

    It took me to task.

    Is it possible to write the above sentence with the "it"? Does it have any meaning at all?

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    Re: take me to task

    No. Someone, not something, takes you to task. A boss or a wife, for example.

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    Re: take me to task

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    No. Someone, not something, takes you to task. A boss or a wife, for example.
    w\What if he's referring to some action or job?? Or some duty given to someone?? In that case the use of 'it' seems fine to me....

    I'm not a teacher..........!!

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    Re: take me to task

    "To take someone to task" is to severely criticize them. That requires a person, not a thing.

    take to task - Idioms - by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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    Post Re: take me to task

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "To take someone to task" is to severely criticize them. That requires a person, not a thing.

    take to task - Idioms - by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
    Can an annimal take him to task?

    Dog (it) took him to task.

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    Re: take me to task

    If the animal is criticizing you, then maybe. It seems to stretch the idea of personifying a dog. A dog may be disappointed in you, but I don't think he would take you to task.

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