American Idiom: to take one’s time

To take one’s time means to do something at one’s pace. It means to do something using as much time as one needs.

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to take one’s time

You don’t need to rush. There’s no time limit on the test. Please take your time answering each question.

To take one’s time means to do something at one’s pace. It means to do something using as much time as one needs.

Here are example sentences :

Thomas is taking his time selecting the best cake for his sister’s wedding.

Patricia took her time getting ready for a party. She wanted to look her best for the party.

to take ones time

Let’s do an exercise to better remember the Idiom.

For each question, replace a word or words in a sentence with the idiom so that the meaning of the sentence is not changed. You have five seconds per question.

Question 1:

Don’t take as much time as you need to do a simple task. We don’t have all day.We have spent many hours talking about these errors. Let’s just start over from the beginning. 

Don’t take your time to complete a simple task. We don’t have all day.We have spent many hours talking about these errors. Let’s just go back to the drawing board.

Question 2:

We have a deadline to meet. You cannot do the project using as much time as you need. The investors strongly rejected our business plan. We need to redo our plan, starting over from the beginning. 

We have a deadline to meet. You cannot do the project taking your time.The investors strongly rejected our business plan. We need to redo our plan, going back to the drawing board.

Practice makes perfect!

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