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Would you be kind enoughto give me your considered opinion concerning the interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?
I was almost afraid to "take stock" of my affairs. (Mayne Reid, “The Quadroon”)
But he did not permit himself to realize just what that means – to take careful stock of is emotions”. (Th. Dreiser, “The Genius”)
Suddenly, while I critically took stock of her, she turned her head and met, unexpectedly my examining gaze. (A. J. Cronin, “Shannon’s Way”)
Very discreetly, under the covering of his paper, he took stock of them. (A. Christie, “Appointed with Death”)
take stock of = examine critically, estimate somebody/ something, make an inventory
Last edited by vil; 15-Aug-2011 at 15:57.
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.