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    Idioms issue

    What is the meaning of ''take on me'' ? thanks in advance for the response

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    Re: Idioms issue

    Welcome to the forum, ketrinkkk. We like people to give some context for words and phrases they are asking about - at least a complete sentence.

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    Re: Idioms issue

    It could have various meanings or be a mistake. Where did you see it?

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    #4

    Re: Idioms issue

    Source? Why 80's big hair pop music, of course - specifically A-ha!
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    #5

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    Non-native speakers with big hair.

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    Re: Idioms issue

    When I saw the contents of post #1, I immediately thought of the A-ha song (one of my favourites and still one of the cleverest pop videos ever made). However, I had to admit that, within the context of that song, the phrase "Take On Me" doesn't mean anything at all. I've never been able to work out what they were on about.

    In a sentence such as "What is your take on me?", it means "What is your opinion of me?" but, on its own, it's meaningless.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Idioms issue

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I had to admit that, within the context of that song, the phrase "Take On Me" doesn't mean anything at all. I've never been able to work out what they were on about. .
    I think the phrase could mean 'Take me on' ='accept me in your life'. The songwriters may have changed the natural word order 'take me on' for reasons of their own.

    ps. You can take a noun on or take on a noun, but you can normally only take a pronoun on.

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    Re: Idioms issue

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I think the phrase could mean 'Take me on' ='accept me in your life'.
    Yes, I believe that Piscean is correct if we are referring to the a-ha song. In my memory, I can hear the singer also pleading, "Take me on!" As he'll be gone in a day or two. I am thinking that he wants her to accept him for some
    thing a little less long lasting than life!
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 27-Oct-2015 at 10:26. Reason: Fixed broken quote box

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