San
Lv 5

Do these sentences mean the same thing?

A. He took up the pen and began to write his letter.

B. He picked up the pen and began to write his letter.

Thanks!

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  • 4 weeks ago
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    "take up the pen" is an old-fashioned expression. You'll see it in works of literature, but most people wouldn't say it that way now. 

  • RP
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Yes, they seem identical in meaning.

  • A.J.
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    up is unnecessary in A.

    He took the pen and began to write his letter.

    Took, as past tense of take, is overused.

    The second is a little more formal, and I prefer it.

    He grabbed a pen and started writing a letter. This is colloquial.

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