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    They were taken on board.

    I reviewed a paper then sent an email to my colleague saying "...Please find attach some more minor suggestions from me. ..."

    She replied back "Thank you. They were taken on board."

    Could you please let me know what "They were taken on board" means?



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    #2

    Re: They were taken on board.

    Quote Originally Posted by MS3330 View Post
    I reviewed a paper then sent an email to my colleague saying, "Please find attach take a look at some more minor suggestions I have made." from me. ..."

    She replied back, "Thank you. They were taken on board."

    Could you please let me know what "They were taken on board" means.
    It means your colleague has taken the suggestions you made into consideration.


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    #3

    Re: They were taken on board.

    It doesn't necessarily mean that the person is going to act on the suggestions, but it does mean she has noted them and will consider them.

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    #4

    Re: They were taken on board.

    Quote Originally Posted by MS3330 View Post
    Could you please let me know what "They were taken on board" means?
    The expression evokes the image of your mind as a vessel containing information as its cargo. Adding information is analogous to loading more cargo. When you load cargo onto a ship, you ​take it on board.
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    #5

    Re: They were taken on board.

    Quote Originally Posted by MS3330 View Post
    Could you please let me know what "They were taken on board" means?
    Hello.
    I am not a teacher. I am currently studying basic English grammar. I would be very happy if what you essentially need happened to be:

    take something on board = to listen to and accept a suggestion, idea etc (Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English)
    or
    take sth on board = to understand or accept an idea or a piece of information (Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus) [Please note: sth = something.]

    I think these two definitions give a figurative meaning.

    Thank you.
    Last edited by YAMATO2201; 17-Jan-2017 at 11:01.

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    #6

    Re: They were taken on board.

    It can also mean to listen to and not accept a suggestion- context determines these things.

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    #7

    Re: They were taken on board.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It can also mean to listen to and not accept a suggestion- context determines these things.
    Thank you very much.
    I have tried making a sentence that exemplifies the meaning of "take something on board" which you gave in your comment:

    Mary took my suggestion on board but she quit her job on her father's advice.

    Is this sentence OK?

    I think that "take something on board" is close in meaning to "take something into consideration/account" when the something is a suggestion.
    Am I right?
    Last edited by YAMATO2201; 19-Jan-2017 at 02:55.

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    #8

    Re: They were taken on board.

    It would be clearer if you said my suggestion to stay.

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