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    Take On, Take Up

    I have a question about the confusion between "take on" and "take up" here:


    1. "Seeing a stranger with a menacing look, John took on a fighting stance."
    2. "Seeing a stranger with a menacing look, John took up a fighting stance."


    Is either "take on" or "take up" used improperly?

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    #2

    Re: Take On, Take Up

    What is the source of your sentence?

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    Re: Take On, Take Up

    @Rover_KE

    Google suggests that both "take up" and "take on" are in use for this context. But dictionaries seem silent on this usage.

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    Re: Take On, Take Up

    Please answer Rover_KE's question.

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    Re: Take On, Take Up

    @Rover_KE, bhaisahab

    My original question was inspired by these sentences:


    Source 1:
    "Lief gritted his teeth, but took on a fighting stance, ready to challenge the man again. "

    Source 2:
    "The officer said Bess then took off his shirt, again took up a fighting stance, and refused repeated orders to get on the ground. "

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    #6

    Re: Take On, Take Up

    I think "square up" works here. Am I right? (I'm sorry if you do find my post irrelevant to the main question)

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    Honestly, my only mission in life is to come closest to being American in terms of my language (at least). I'm not asking for anything else.

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    Re: Take On, Take Up

    Neither of those links work. I prefer "took up" but I would accept "took on".

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    Re: Take On, Take Up

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    I think "square up" works here. Am I right? (I'm sorry if you do find my post irrelevant to the main question)

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    No, "squared up a fighting stance" doesn't wok at all.

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    Re: Take On, Take Up

    "Seeing a stranger with a menacing look, John squared up"

    The thing is I learnt this phrasal verb today and I thought it would worked in that sentence.

    What do you think right now?
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    Re: Take On, Take Up

    @Rover_KE, bhaisahab

    (I fixed the links)

    My original question was inspired by these sentences:


    Source 1:
    "Lief gritted his teeth, but took on a fighting stance, ready to challenge the man again. "

    Source 2:
    "The officer said Bess then took off his shirt, again took up a fighting stance, and refused repeated orders to get on the ground. "

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