Have a look OR take a look

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JuanKB

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Are both grammatically correct?

If yes, which one will be better?

Have a look / Take a look
 

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I would say both are correct.
 

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I would say both are correct.

Indeed they are, but I detect a very slight difference: take suggests more effort on the part of the looker.

Example:

[Two people are sitting at a table, each reading different newspapers. One sees an article that would interest the other.]
Have a look at this.

[Two people are sitting at separate tables, at opposite ends of a room. The one who says
Take a look at this
knows that he's asking the other person to get up and walk across the room.]

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Omar!

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Indeed they are, but I detect a very slight difference: take suggests more effort on the part of the looker.

Example:

[Two people are sitting at a table, each reading different newspapers. One sees an article that would interest the other.]
Have a look at this.

[Two people are sitting at separate tables, at opposite ends of a room. The one who says
Take a look at this
knows that he's asking the other person to get up and walk across the room.]

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Thnaks for the this clarification . I uderstand thr different .
 

nosayr

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you know,
your way of teaching is sooo good, this is the first time i understand something so quick .!

thanks for your effort
 

BobK

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Thnaks for the this clarification . I uderstand thr different .
you know,
your way of teaching is sooo good, this is the first time i understand something so quick .!

thanks for your effort

You're very kind :oops: . But don't get the idea that this is a hard and fast rule. It's quite possible, and right, to say Come here and have a look; but if instead you say Take a look you are implying the [Come here and] part. And when I talk about Come here and I'm referring to any verb that involves making a special effort; in another context, Take a look could mean [Go there and] take a look].

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