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    remaking of six sentences 5

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough verify the remaking of the following six sentences, using different collocations with the verb “take” instead of the italicized words and phrases?

    1.1. Go away! I won’t stand your presence any longer.
    1.2. Take yourself away! I can’t stand your presence any longer.

    2.1. I am at a loss how to remove that stain of yours.
    2.2. I am at a loss how to take out that stain of yours.

    3.1. They will admit only three lodgers this term.
    3.2. They will take in only three lodgers this term.

    4.1. His speech must be written down in shorthand.
    4.2. His speech must be taken down in shorthand.

    5.1. I was surpriced when I saw hr alone in the restaurant.
    5.2. I was taken aback when I saw her alone in the restaurant.

    6.1. I am deeply concerned about his fate.
    6.2. I take a deep interest in his fate.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards.

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 01-Jul-2008 at 10:09.

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    Re: remaking of six sentences 5

    1.1. Go away!
    1.2. Take yourself away!

    Try, remove yourself. Note, I can't stand, or can't bear, not won't stand. Try, won't stand for your + gerund.

    2.1. I am at a loss how to remove that stain of yours.
    2.2. I am at a loss how to take out that stain of yours.

    3.1. They will admit only three lodgers this term.
    3.2. They will take in only three lodgers this term.

    Note, however, take in means to give free lodging. Try, take on its own.

    4.1. His speech must be written down in shorthand.
    4.2. His speech must be taken down in shorthand.

    5.1. I was surprised when I saw her alone in the restaurant.
    5.2. I was taken aback when I saw her alone in the restaurant.

    Note, taken aback means to be shocked. It's a little different from surprised.

    6.1. I am deeply concerned about his fate.
    6.2. I take a deep interest in his fate.

    Note, the first one expresses worry, the second one doesn't unless modified to mean so. The difference is in concerned vs interested.

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    Re: remaking of six sentences 5

    1.2. Take yourself away! I have never heard this but I have heard "Take yourself off!" Meaning Go away! in vulgar British slang.

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    Re: remaking of six sentences 5

    Hi Soup,

    Thank you for your studious editorial work.

    Your first correction is very felicitous. “Take off” is the proper choice. I was misleaded about this matter from the following excerpt of my Dictionary: “take away = remove from a certain place, environment, or mental or emotional state; transport into a new location or state
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, taking off, etc.; or remove something abstract
    Synonyms: remove, take, withdraw


    Thank you also for your further explanation of the usage of “won’t stand” and “can’t stand”.

    Regarding your second modification concerning “take in” namely: Note, however, take in means to give free lodging. Try, take on its own.I agree with your statement.
    Nevertheless I have good reason using “take in” as a synonym of the “admit”. There are many people called maecenas’, patrons, sponsors which support the poor students, artist etc. (“give free lodging”) or “take lodgers on its own”. Thank you again for your precision.

    There is my reason to use “take aback” as synonym of “surprise”: take aback = surprise, shock, as in

    He was taken aback by her caustic remark.

    This idiom comes from nautical terminology of the mid-1700s, when be taken aback referred to the stalling of a ship caused by a wind shift that made the sails lay back against the masts.

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    Sorry, but your last correction provoked my disapproval. In my poor opinion “concerned” = 1. interested and involved 2. anxious; troubled. A closer scrutinity reveals that the first meaning is “interested” and the second is yours “worried”.

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    Regards.

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    Re: remaking of six sentences 5

    Hi bhaisahab,

    Thank you for your relevant correction. What is right is right. I see, there are more suitable expression as “off with you”, “be off”, “take off”.

    Thank you again for your unquenchiable interest in my wording.

    Regards.

    V.

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    Re: remaking of six sentences 5

    if you want to insist on "take off" then do so but don't expect any good marks for an English teacher

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    Re: remaking of six sentences 5

    Hi daznorthants,

    Thank you for your gentlemanly warnings. I know, many difficulties are liable to occur but I have doubts about your embarrassment about the usage of the expression “take off”. I call things by their proper names. For me “a spade” is “a spade”.

    take oneself off. Leave, go away, as in

    I'm taking off now, or

    We take ourselves off for China next month, or, as an imperative,

    Take yourself off right now!

    take off: Definition and Much More from Answers.com

    For your information I am only a humble student but “good marks” are a far cry from what I expected. We do not know what the future holds in store for us. Don't try to be a prophet!

    Regards.

    V.

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