Sunday, August 19, 2007

Take Care!

Another mistake I've been noticing in the writing of my students is the use of the idiom taken care of. Mostly, they tend to write taken careD of when talking about the past. This is definitely not right.

I think the reason for the confusion lies in the verb. In this case, "care" is thought of as the verb, which is why it's converted into the past tense. The truth is, the verb is "take;" therefore, the correct expression (if talking about the past) is took care of.

Here are examples: "I have just taken care of my work" (the speaker just finished maybe a few minutes before talking) and "I took care of my work yesterday" (the speaker finished her work the day before).

Take care of yourselves today. Thanks for reading.

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