Here is the final part of our look at some common expressions using the verb ‘to take ‘ combined with particles:
‘to take up’ means to start doing a hobby or activity.
* Since he retired, he’s taken up golf.
* I’m thinking of taking up yoga. It will help me relax.
‘to take up’ also means to take a particular quantity of space or time.
* This sofa is too big. It takes up too much space.
* I’m going to stop going to the classes. They take up too much time.
‘to take up’ can also mean to remove something which is fixed down to a surface.
* We’re taking up the tiles and replacing them with a new ones.
* We are going to take up the old floor in the kitchen and put in a wooden one.
‘to take up’ also means to accept an offer or opportunity.
* I’m going to take up your offer of a lift. Can you pick me up at seven?
* He’s going to take up that job offer and move to the office in London.
‘to take up’ means to continue an activity that had been interrupted.
* Jenny came back and took up the story where she had left off.
* When Pete had to leave, I took up the story where he had finished.
‘to take up’ also means to shorten a piece of clothing.
* I’m so short that when I buy jeans, I always have to take them up.
* I had to take the sleeves up a couple of inches as my arms are not as long as yours.
‘to take someone up on something’ means to accept an offer someone has made.
* Bill offered me a ride home so I took him up on it.
* I don’t know whether to take my parents up on their offer of a loan to buy my car.
‘to take someone up on something’ can also mean to ask for an explanation of what they have said or done.
* You should have taken him up on it. You can’t let him say things like that.
* I took her up on what she said because I didn’t think it was true.
‘to take up with someone’ means to start a relationship with someone.
* She’s taken up with Johnny who is almost 5 years older than her.
* He took up with a rough gang of boys who lived just down the street.
‘to take something upon yourself’ means to decide to do something without asking first.
* She took it upon herself. If she had asked me, I’d have done it.
* Harry has taken it upon himself to organise everything without talking to us first.