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    with or without "take"

    Please be so kind to check my sentences for their correctness.

    a. It seemed to take like an eternity before/until/till he came back.
    b. It seemed like an eternity before/until/till he came back.


    What about the word "take" here?
    Is this word superfluous?

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    Re: with or without "take"

    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...ity?q=eternity
    After what seemed like an eternity, he came back.
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    Re: with or without "take"

    a. It seemed to take like an eternity before/until/till he came back.
    b. It seemed like an eternity before/until/till he came back.

    In the first sentence, "like" should be removed, in my opinion.
    In the second sentence, "like" can be removed.
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    Re: with or without "take"

    @Matthew Mai.
    Thank you for your reply and the given internet link. Unfortunately, such Internet addresses don't help me much. As an answer, I need a clear no' or yes', because I do not want to analyse the text at the above-mentioned address and then possibly get the wrong answer.

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    Re: with or without "take"

    @bubbha
    As far as the first sentence is concerned, I agree with you, but I am not as sure as you are. I think we should wait and see what other forum members have to say.

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    Re: with or without "take"

    This forum member would also remove 'like' from the first sentence.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: with or without "take"

    Each "like" a post receives indicates that a member agrees with it. Check Bubbha's post after a few hours and you will get a sense of how many members agree with it.
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    Re: with or without "take"

    I guess the OP needs an explanation rather than a number of 'like'.

    One may say 'look like', 'seem like', 'sound like', and 'behave like' but not 'take like'.
    Does it make sense?
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    Re: with or without "take"

    The only case that I can think of where (a) might work is something like It seemed to take, you know, like, an eternity before ...

    However, I agree with bubbha that the ''like" in the original (a) should be deleted.

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    Re: with or without "take"

    I think 'quite an eternity' is possible, as people would say 'quite a long time'.
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