Sunday, April 8, 2012

take and: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Sunday, April 8, 2012

take and
In some dialects, it’s common to emphasize an action by preceding the verb with “take and” (past tense “took and”): “When he got mad he would take and pound his fist into the wall.” This expression is not used in formal English, and usually occurs in writing only when the author is trying to convey an impression of unsophisticated speech.

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