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    Smile I want an one-word verb instead of take away. PC is a major time waster taking away..

    Hello everyone,

    Because there is a limited space in the title, I didn't write the original text I made. Anyway, I want a better word instead of take away because in school, my teacher once told me that phrasal verbs are only used in informal writing.

    Computer is a major time-waster taking away the time children could spend reading, studying or even participating in a social event.
    I wish I had better English, but I work hard to improve it. I'm studying for IGCSE, so I'm only interested in BrE.

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    Re: I want an one-word verb instead of take away. PC is a major time waster taking aw

    There are a few to consider here: Reducing Synonyms, Reducing Antonyms | Thesaurus.com
    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: I want an one-word verb instead of take away. PC is a major time waster taking aw

    Phrasal verbs are not "only used in informal writing".

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    Re: I want an one-word verb instead of take away. PC is a major time waster taking aw

    But some are used in informal only, aren't they??
    I wish I had better English, but I work hard to improve it. I'm studying for IGCSE, so I'm only interested in BrE.

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    Re: I want an one-word verb instead of take away. PC is a major time waster taking aw

    People seem to confuse phrasal verbs with idioms. Phrasal verbs have a different meaning than the sum of their parts, but that doesn't mean they are casual or informal. If you "look up" a phrase in a dictionary, you don't direct your eyes upward, so it's not a literal meaning of "look up" the way "I looked up to see what was making that noise." That makes it a phrasal verb. But not informal.

    "Look up" is a phrasal verb that should be perfectly at home in non-informal settings.
    "Kick the bucket" is an idiom that would be at home only in informal settings.
    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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