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    many Germans have little appetite to now take on the blame for the First World War to

    Hello All,
    What does 'take on' mean?

    "...And since 1945 there's been a strong aversion in Germany to anything that might be seen as glorifying militarism. So many people here are uncomfortable with any anniversary of a war or a battle.
    There's still some disagreement among historians about who was responsible for World War One. But having spent the last 70 years atoning for Nazi guilt, many Germans have little appetite to now take on the blame for the First World War too."

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: many Germans have little appetite to now take on the blame for the First World Wa

    I am not a teacher.

    The 'on' could be omitted without drastically affecting the meaning, but I think 'take on' does give more the feeling of adding a weight of responsibility to a nation that is already carrying a heavy load.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 06-Aug-2014 at 11:11. Reason: Fixing typo.

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    Re: many Germans have little appetite to now take on the blame for the First World Wa

    [Not a teacher]

    To assume/accept the blame for the First World War.
    José Manuel Rosón Bravo

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