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    takes or costs

    Don't get discouraged. Learning a new language ________ a lot of effort.
    A. costs B. takes

    The answer given is B, which I fully accept. But is Answer A definitely wrong?

    Since "Building this school costs a lot of time" is right, WHY couldn't I say "something costs a lot of effort?

    Thanks for your help!


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    Re: takes or costs

    It's absolutely wrong in a multiple choice test and the other sentence about the school, while it might have been written, is very unnatural.
    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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