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ESL Lesson: Phrasal verb take (3)

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Phrasal verb take or "Take on"

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When he was forty-two, Charlie Banham was made redundant.
At the age of 42 Charlie Banham lost his job.

He didn't take to the idea at all.
He didn't like the fact that he had lost his job.

His boss, Angus Henderson, whom Charlie had not taken to the moment he'd taken over from his previous boss eighteen months before, took him aside early one Monday morning and asked him to come to his office, assuring him as he did so that it wouldn't take up much of his time.
Angus Henderson had been Charlie's boss for 18 months and throughout that time Charlie hadn't really liked him. Early one Monday morning Angus wanted to talk to Charlie in private and told him it wouldn't take long.

Henderson asked him to sit down, took up a piece of paper and proceeded to read from it.
Henderson asked him to sit down, picked up a piece of paper and started reading from it.

The content of the speech was that Charlie would have to go but of course, if he wished, he could take the matter up with the managing director and take the matter further.
In summary Charlie had to leave the company and he was told that if he liked he could talk about this matter with the managing director and have additional discussions.

In other words Charlie was being asked to take himself off as quickly as possible.
In other words, Charlie was being asked to remove himself as quickly as possible.

It took several minutes before Charlie could really take in the news.
It took several mintues before Charlie could really grasp what had happened.

What really galled him was that Henderson was so taken up with himself that he couldn't even be bothered to thank Charlie for his services over the last ten years.
What really made him angry was that Henderson was so preoccupied with himself that he couldn't even be bothered to thank Charlie for his services over the last ten years.

Charlie was apparently being blamed for the drop in sales of his new product which he had convinced everyone would soon take off.
Charlie was obviously being blamed for the decrease in sales of his new product which he had persuaded everyone would soon be successful.

With his free time, they said, Charlie could take up all those hobbies and interests for which he had never had time before.
With his free time, they said, Charlie could pursue all those hobbies and interests for which he had never had time before.

He would soon take to his new life.
He would soon start to like his new life.

At first he was so taken aback by the news that he couldn't think straight.
At first he was so shocked by the news that he couldn't think clearly.

Then all he wanted was to take Henderson by the throat.
Then all he wanted was to strangle Henderson.

But Charlie took after his father.
But Charlie resembled his father.
But Charlie was very much like his father.

He began to take in the possible advantages he could get from his new situation.
He began to comprehend the possible advantages he could get from his new situation.

There was no point, he thought to himself, in taking it out on Henderson.
There was no point, he thought to himself, in blaming Henderson.

Within the space of about six months his time was completely taken up with making preparations for setting up a new agency.
Within about six month his time was completely occupied with making preparations for starting a new agency.

.... so that he would always be clear in his mind what his aims were and what task he had taken on.
..... so that he would aways be aware what his aims were and what task he had undertaken.

He took out a loan from his local bank to refurbish an office, worked out a detailed business plan, which the bank manager was quite taken with, advertised for some staff and took on two of the fifty that applied and set up his business.
He negotiated a loan with his local bank to establish an office, worked out a detailed business plan, which the bank manager was quite impressed with, advertised for some staff and employed two of the fifty that applied and set up his business.

Within three years he had taken on another ten staff and taken over a local agency that had failed to make a profit.
Within three years he had hired ten more people and bought out a local agency that had failed to make a profit.

Many people in the area originally took him for a bit of a confidence trickster but they soon found out that he was very effective and successful and it wasn't long before they took back all their critical remarks.
Many people in the area initially regarded him a bit of a confidence trickster but they soon found out that he was very effective and successful and it wasn't long before they admitted they were wrong with their critical remarks.

Nevertheless he still continued to take in a large amount of business.
Nevertheless he still continued to generate a large amount of business.

He soon began to realize that he was very wealthy even when you had taken the tax away from his earnings.
He soon began to realize that he was very rich even when you had deducted the tax from his earnings.

At the same time he didn't take on airs, he remained the same person who had lost his job five years ago.
At the same time he didn't behave in a conceited way, he stayed the same person who had lost his job five years ago.

Sitting in front of him was his old boss, Henderson, who had also been redundant and had taken upon himself to apply for a job with Charlie.
Sitting in fron of him was his old boss, Henderson, who had also lost his job and had decided to apply for a job with Charlie.

As Henderson assured him he would be prepared to undertake any type of work, Charlie had this irrestible feeling that he would like to take Henderson down but he resisted.
As Henderson assured him he would be ready to accept any type of job, Charlie had this terrible feeling that he would like to humiliate Henderson but he suppressed this thought.

Then as he took down Henderson's details, he had a brilliant idea and asked Henderson whether he would like to take on a role in a training video he was making.
Then as he wrote down Henderson's details, he had an excellent idea and asked Henderson whether he would like to accept a role in a training videa he was making.

Henderson took to the idea immediately and agreed to do it.
Henderson liked the idea straight away and accepted it.

Charlie took out a video they had already made from the shelf behind him and showed Henderson the title.
Charlie removed a video they had already produced from the shelf behind him and showed Henderson the title.

Then, making sure Henderson was taking everything in, he leaned across his desk and said: "Now the one I would like you to be in will be called: HOW NOT TO MANAGE PEOPLE."
Then, making sure Henderson was absorbing everything, he leaned across his desk and said: "Now the one I would like you to be in will be called: HOW NOT TO MANAGE PEOPLE."

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