to take sth out on sb

by | Last updated Apr 19, 2019 | Expressions | 3 comments

to take sth out on sb

by | Last updated Apr 19, 2019 | Expressions | 3 comments

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

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Language: C1 (Advanced)  //  Accent: English (London)

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

 

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Language: C1 (Advanced)  //  Accent: English (London)

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I a tough , but I wouldn't me.

I it's been a tough weeks, but I you wouldn't it out me.

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to take something out on somebody

This expression is used when we treat someone badly because we feel angry, tired or stressed, even though they haven't done anything wrong. e.g. When the boss is stressed, she always takes it out on the junior members of staff.

When we feel angry, we sometimes direct the negative feelings at friends or family just because we need to release them. Our friends and family are just in the wrong place at the wrong timeAnother good expression!.


The present perfect ("it has been a tough few weeks") is used here because we are talking about an unfinished or unspecific time period (recently, or up to now). If we used past simple ("it was a tough few weeks") we would be talking about a specific or finished time period, e.g. last month, or the period before the end of university.

We use I wish + subject + would when we make a wish about something that someone else is doing, often because it is annoying, e.g. I wish those people would stop talking - I can't hear the film.

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  • Think about a time when you were angry, stressed, tired or upset, and you took it out on someone. Who did you take it out on? What happened? How did they feel about it? Did you apologise?

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Well, I think that taking our frustrations, upsets or any other negative feelings out on others is completely unfair. However, if we have the tendency to do that, we have to change that behavior, because that won’t make the situation better but will make it even worse.

For example, I’m convinced that if we say or deal with a problem when we are angry, and then we impulsively take this problem out on someone, we are more likely to say something that may hurt other’s feelings.

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One day I was angry because of I argued with my mom, so that bad energy I brought it to my work, fatal decision. I take it out on my work mates, and they prefer to no tal to me. Then I realised how wrong I was and I apologise

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