Olympian: Does the author mean 'I take down a Japanese grammar book'? - Perhaps from a shelf?
Olympian: I have noticed that some words are dropped in English. For example, 'I go to Lincoln High' The word 'school' is dropped. Under what circumstances can words be dropped like this? One guess is that when the words/phrases are common and it would be understood by the listener.
5jj: That's a reasonable guess, but context is important. For example, "In 1998, I started work at the London School in Prague". We cannot omit 'School' in that sentence, but we can in this dialogue:
A: I worked for (the) Caledonian (School) when I taught in Prague. How about you?
B: I started at (the) London (School) and then moved across to (the) Berlitz (School). I ended up at Charles (University).
A can drop 'the - School", because A and B are talking in the context of working at language schools. Similarly B knows that A has worked in Prague and must therefore know that 'Charles' is the university.
Olympian: Can it ('take down') be called an 'idiom'?
5jj: No, it's a simple verb + adverb/particle.
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