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    Hold/Put/Take A Knife To

    I have a question about the usage of the verbs "hold", "put", and "take" in the context of a hostage being threatened with a knife:


    1. The kidnapper held a knife to her neck.
    2. The kidnapper put a knife to her neck.
    3. The kidnapper took a knife to her neck.

    Dictionaries don't seem to say if these usage patterns are correct. But those patterns could definitely be found on google. What do native speakers think?

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    Re: Hold/Put/Take A Knife To

    I have most commonly come across #1.

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    Re: Hold/Put/Take A Knife To

    So, "the kidnapper put a knife to her neck" and "the kidnapper took a knife to her neck" are likely poor English?

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    Re: Hold/Put/Take A Knife To

    I wouldn't go that far. "Took a knife to" is a little odd. The other with "put" could be possible but less common than "held".

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