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    Went took to the

    "The Lotus Cortina took to the tracks in the British Saloon Car Championship, while the Twin-Cam Escort went took to the rally stage."

    Can someone please explain the expressions "took to the tracks" and "went took to"?

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    Lennart


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    Re: Went took to the

    Hi,
    You've got a tiny print, Lennart.
    went took is really weird. Are you sure there're no typos?
    Last edited by Humble; 10-Feb-2007 at 08:31.

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    Re: Went took to the

    Quote Originally Posted by Lennart View Post
    "The Lotus Cortina took to the tracks in the British Saloon Car Championship, while the Twin-Cam Escort went took to the rally stage."

    Can someone please explain the expressions "took to the tracks" and "went took to"?

    Thanks,

    Lennart

    I think Humble's right. The sentence is saying that one car made its debut in one sort of race, and the other in another.
    The Lotus Cortina took to the tracks in the British Saloon Car Championship, [started to appear in that series of races] while the Twin-Cam Escort took to the stage on the rally circuit.
    Take to the noun is a phrasal verb, meaning 'make a beginning in some environment': a duckling 'takes to the water'; [there is another, perhaps related, phrasal verb, in which 'take to' means 'like' - they have really taken to each other; but a bird who 'takes to the air' doesn't necessarily like it].

    Anyway, back at the typo: either the writer used 'take to' twice, and the editor suggested he use 'went'; or the reverse (the writer used 'take to... went', and editor suggested using two 'take to's).

    b

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