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Postby ApollosOoi » Thu Jul 04, 2013 12:13 pm

My teacher marked my answer wrong in this question. Can you please help?
She wanted to take up karate class.
The best meaning for the word "take up" would be? A. begin B. follow
I chose 'begin' but the teacher thought 'follow' was better.

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Re: take up

Postby Josef » Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:02 am

The question itself doesn't help as it's not completely idiomatic either way.

You take up karate (not karate class).
You follow a course (possible but a bit dated/stiff).
a (or the) karate class (not karate class)

Here are some possible sentences:
- She wanted to take up karate.
- She wanted to start karate classes.
- She wanted to follow a karate course.

Hope this helps {-;
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Re: take up

Postby ApollosOoi » Fri Jul 05, 2013 12:46 pm

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