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    all it takes

    Dear teachers,

    While reading an article recently, I found the following sentences:

    If the thought of your closet stresses you out, it might be time to clean it out. Despite what you see on home improvement shows like Clean House and Trading Spaces, you don't have to install a thousand dollar customized closet system to get organized. All it takes is a willingness to purge and a few inexpensive and innovative space-saving tools.

    It was a great strain on my attention in order to

    If we take for granted that “it takes” took its stand on the following meaning “take”= “to require (something) as a basic necessity” as in, “It takes money to live in that town”, so “all it takes” = “all that is necessary”.

    Would you be kind enough witness my supposition?

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    V.
    Last edited by vil; 19-Jul-2008 at 16:04.

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    Re: all it takes

    Correct. It means all that is required.

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    [1] If we consider“it takes” gets its meaning from“take”= “to require (something) as a basic necessity”....

    [2] Would you be kind enough to confirm my guesswork?

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    Re: all it takes

    Hi Soup,

    Thank you for your confirming reply.

    Thank you also for your suggested corrections. Will you take the trouble to see the following excerpts from my Dictionary? I think I went too far only in the last case when I took you for a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses insisting that you should confirm formally as true and accurate my guesswork by signing yours name. Really that is far too much.

    1. take for granted = Consider as true or real, anticipate correctly, as in I took it for granted that they'd offer to pay for their share but I was wrong.

    2. base o’s arguments = take up o’s stand on

    3. supposition = a judgment, estimate, or opinion arrived at by guessing ; synonym guesswork

    3. to witness = to confirm formally as true, accurate, or genuine; to attest to the legality or authenticity of by signing one's name to

    Thank you again for your exactingness.

    Regards

    V.

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