to take advantage of sth

by | Last updated Apr 19, 2019 | Expressions | 0 comments

to take advantage of sth

by | Last updated Apr 19, 2019 | Expressions | 0 comments

This sentence contains the English expression 'to take advantage of something'. Do you know this expression? How much of the sentence can you understand?

Listen as many times as you need to, then check your understanding and practise using the new language.

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Language: B1 (Intermediate)  //  Accent: English (Northern England)

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This sentence contains the English expression 'to take advantage of something'. Do you know this expression? How much of the sentence can you understand?

 

Listen as many times as you need to, then check your understanding and practise using the new language.

 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

 

Language: B1 (Intermediate)  //  Accent: English (Northern England)

 

Photo by Greg on Flickr

, .
, you'll be able of the gym's facilities.
As , you'll be able take of the gym's class facilities.

About the sentence

a take advantage of something

If you take advantage of something, it means that you are using a situation or an opportunity and benefitting from it in some way. This could be used in a positive or neutral way, e.g. We took advantage of the beautiful weather by going for a long walk.

If you take advantage of someone, the meaning is more negative, as it sounds like you are using or exploiting somebody or something about them, e.g. You've got to learn to say no to people - don't always let them take advantage of you.


Notice the use of 'as' at the beginning of this sentence. We use 'as' when we talk about a job, a function or a position - e.g. I work as a teacher. A very common mistake for speakers of certain languages is to use 'like' instead of 'as' in these situations - this is incorrect, so be careful!

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  • Has anyone ever taken advantage of you or something about you? Have you ever taken advantage of someone?

  • Tell me about a time when you took advantage of an opportunity or a chance to do something.

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