Verb patterns with take

July 13, 2011pdf

We can use take to say how much time we need to do something. Different structures are possible.

Person + take + time expression + infinitive

This structure is used when the person is the subject.

  • He takes hours to get dressed.
  • I took two months to finish the work.
  • She takes all day to get out of the bathroom.
  • We took three hours to put the child to bed.
  • He takes so long to answer questions.

The activity + take + person + time expression
This structure is used when the activity is the subject.

  • Learning a language takes a lot of time.
  • The journey took me three hours.
  • Finishing the work took me two months.

Object of activity + take + person + infinitive
This structure is used when the object of the activity is the subject.

  • The roof took all week to repair.
  • The ferry took them two hours to unload.
  • The book took two years to write.

Preparatory it is the subject
It + take + person + time + infinitive

  • It took me three months to finish the work.
  • It takes several months to learn a new language.
  • It takes me just two minutes to get dressed.
  • It took them two hours to unload the ferry.
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