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grammar doubt

Unread postby isaias » Thu Nov 06, 2008 8:50 pm

Is it correct to say : /Lisa takes ten minutes to have breakfast/ ?
Shouldn't it be : /It takes Lisa ten minutes to have breakfast/ ?

Is there anyone who can help me ?

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Re: grammar doubt

Unread postby ICAL_Pete » Mon Nov 10, 2008 2:12 pm

You can say either.

Lisa takes ten minutes to have breakfast.
It takes Lisa ten minutes to have breakfast.

Both are correct.

See the Grammar Guide in the ICALwiki for more.

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Re: grammar doubt

Unread postby marcchehab » Mon Nov 10, 2008 8:30 pm

Pete, who is usually correct, is correct :).

Here a few examples of 'take' with the meaning of 'need':
Parachuting takes a lot of nerve.
I take a size five in shoes.
Transitive verbs take a direct object.


From the Cambridge Advanced Dictionary ®


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