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I have a question about usage of "take". In this dictionary, definition 1 for "take" reads:
"to move something or someone from one place to another"In the same entry, definition 7 for "take" reads:
"to reach out and get something, especially with your hand"Then, on google, there is this sentence:
"He then led the victim out the back door of the apartment, telling her not to tell anyone what had happened. Finally, he took her by the arm to a nearby wooded area. When she screamed Carter killed her. "The usage in the example seems to compress the two senses of "take" into a single phrase. Could it be nonstandard?
"He grabbed her by the arm and took her into a nearby wooded area."
"He took her by the arm into a wooded area."
is standard English? How about this:
"He grabbed her by the arm into a wooded area."
"He took her into a wooded area by the arm."
It's just that if you look at my post #1, both definition 1 and definition 7 are used by the example.
"He took her by the arm into a nearby wooded area."
the phrase "by the arm" does not modify the noun "her". It modifies the verb "took".
I think both 'by the arm' and 'into a nearby wooded area' modify 'took'.
Do you mean a single verb should not be modified by two prepositional phrases?
Not a teacher.