Do You 'Take Note' or 'Make Note'?
This week on Ask a Teacher, we answer a question from Galmesa from Ethiopia:
Dear VOA, I have a question for you.
At school I usually get asked the difference between the phrases "take note" and "make note."
在学校，我经常被问到“take note”和"make note"两个词组的区别。
Would you tell me?
You say that you are often asked about these phrases at school.
It sounds like you might be an English teacher.
Am I right?
In any case, you ask a good question.
The phrases "take note" and "make note" are sometimes interchangeable.
“take note”和"make note"这两个词组有时候是可以互换的。
But there are small differences between the two phrases.
When used as an idiom, or expression, the phrase "take note" means to notice something.
If you take note of something, you pay special attention to it because you think it is important or has value.
We often use this phrase in commands and questions.
Listen to some examples:
If you are driving this afternoon, take note of the weather.
We saw a warning on the news for storms in the area.
Did you take note of how they made the metal handicrafts?
But if you add an -s to "take note," the meaning changes.
"Take notes" means to write something down for the purpose of remembering it.
People often take notes in classes and meetings, and at talks or other events when they want to recall information later.
Listen to how this speaker uses the phrase:
I watched an excellent program about the symbiosis of sea creatures.
I even took some notes.
Now let's move to our next phrase.
The usual wording in American English is "make a note of," which means to write or record something quickly as a reminder.
美式英语的通常用法是“make a note of”，意思是快速写下或者记录下某些东西作为提醒。
So "make a note of" has a similar meaning to "take notes."
因此“make a note of”和“take notes”意思相似。
You might also hear the phrase "make a mental note."
你可能也听说过词组"make a mental note"。
It means to make a special effort to remember something in your mind.
For example, a person might say:
I will make a mental note to pick up the materials on my way home.
And that's Ask a Teacher for this week.
I'm Alice Bryant.