Claire N. Bright (eastertheatre) wrote in linguaphiles,
Claire N. Bright
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"Take" a decision or "make" a decision?

I'd never really noticed the locution "to take a decision" until I started studying British politics. My professor at the time was kind of making fun of Tony Blair for saying it, implying that he was being showy or somehow pretentious by saying "take" instead of "make."  Since then, I've noticed it from time to time in my studies, particularly when I am reading British English written by a non-native speaker. 

I would never say "take a decision" -- only "make a decision." I'm 38, from California. How about you? If the term is familiar to you, does it have any particular connotations as opposed to "make" a decision?

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