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I want to express this sentence

Should young people think big and take risk rather than think small and take safe?

So, think big >< think small & take risk >< take safe

So, is the above question ok or not ok?

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The phrase take safe doesn't exist in English. A common idiom is play it safe.

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No, in this sense "safe" is an adjective as in "the safe choice." You need a noun to serve as the direct object of "take." The nominal form of "safe" is "safety," but "take safety" isn't idiomatic. Two suggestions to keep the parallelism and the cadence:

Should young people think big and take risk rather than think small and seek safety?
Should young people think big and take risk rather than think small and take refuge?

  • Shouldn't it be "take risks" as well? The "think big" vs "think small" works, but not "take risks" vs "seek safety" or "take refuge". I'd say "make safe bets". – Mari-Lou A Jul 26 '15 at 6:30
  • Cyberseaches find the usage "take risks" far outnumbers "take risk," but the latter as a non-countable collective does appear. As a rhetorical question, I think the flow works better with two collectives. YMMV. – deadrat Jul 26 '15 at 7:34
  • As an uncountable noun, then it ought to be phrased as "take some risk" but as you say YMMV. – Mari-Lou A Jul 26 '15 at 8:49

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