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What is right " Take a decision" or "Make a decision" Pl. refer to sentence below where it was used:

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twostep

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Vidush said:
What is right " Take a decision" or "Make a decision" Pl. refer to sentence below where it was used:

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make (active)
take (passive)
 

Francois

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Not sure about the active/passive distinction.
'take' a decision is reported to be more BE. Stick to 'make' if you want to be on the safe side.

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Ulli

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Francois said:
Not sure about the active/passive distinction.
'take' a decision is reported to be more BE. Stick to 'make' if you want to be on the safe side.

FRC

Hi Francois,

Yes, it's common to use "make a decision", "take" is "new" to me :wink: .


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gonghai

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well in canada we only use make a decision
i have never heard anyone use take a decision
 

bmo

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I got 77,300 listings from a Google search of "take a decision." This is what I got from Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary:

Take:
(2) : to make (a decision) especially with finality or authority.

I think taking a decision is stronger than making one.
 

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I agree- I'd only use it when talking about people with authority. I wouldn't 'take a decision' to go the the cinema tonight. ;-)
 

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Thanks. I saw a website urging a government agency taking a decision. That must be it.

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That's just the kind of context it could be used in. ;-)
 
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