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.
- GypsyfishLv 74 weeks agoFavorite Answer
"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.
- RPLv 74 weeks ago
Yes, they seem identical in meaning.
- A.J.Lv 74 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.