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    #1

    to take on


    Dave, who at first blew hot and cold at the idea, eventually agreed to take on the task.



    hi,
    I bumped into this very interesting phrasal verb. Is it frequently used by natives, please? Its meaning is "take the responsability", right?
    Thanks.

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    Re: to take on

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post

    Dave, who at first blew hot and cold at the idea, eventually agreed to take on the task.



    hi,
    I bumped into this very interesting phrasal verb. Is it frequently used by natives, please? Its meaning is "take the responsability", right?
    Thanks.
    (not a professional teacher) The OED lists around 18 meanings for "take on", but this one seems best here:
    "To undertake; to begin to handle or deal with, to ‘tackle’." One of the citations for this definition is " I had taken on a task, and I was bound to see it through."
    So you could say that it implies accepting the responsibility of finsihing whatever task or assignment you've "taken on".

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    Re: to take on

    Thanks a lot.
    Is it frequently used by natives, please?
    Thanks again.

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    Re: to take on

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    Thanks a lot.
    Is it frequently used by natives, please?
    Thanks again.
    Speaking only for NZ English, I would say "very much so". A google search would suggest the same of other Englishes. It is a very common, everyday sort of expression, particularly in the working environment.

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