• use some rest
  • take some rest
  • get some rest

Which one is correct if I want to tell my friend to go to relax or take a nap? The phrase "take some rest" is familiar me but I also have heard "use some rest" from a movie.

  • In America, if you say "I could use {some/a} rest" it means "I am tired and would like to rest." //// If you say "I {need to/have to} get some rest.", it's the same, only more emphatic.//// In America, we seldom say "take a rest" (although it is accepta ble grammar); more likely we say "_get some rest" or "take a nap" Aug 2 '15 at 12:24
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    possible duplicate of "Take a rest" or "have some rest"?
    – tchrist
    Aug 14 '15 at 12:09

"use some rest" is almost exclusively American.

Example: I could use some rest.

"get some rest" is international.

Example: I need to get some rest.

"take some rest" is unusual in my opinion, I would expect "take a rest".

Example: I need to take a rest.


You cannot swap 'use' and 'get' in the above sentences. They have different meanings. (see dictionaries for difference)


The Ngram viewer shows "use some rest" as the least found, and it's almost always used with "can" or "could":

You look like hell; you could use some rest.

"Take some rest" is the next in popularity, and it's been with us for some time. From Burton's Gentleman's Magazine and American Monthly Review, Volume 3, 1838.

Then turning to the Emperor he said "This is not a fit place for you. Go wasy. You are more ill than any of us ; go and take some rest."

The more usual idiomatic usage of "take" is to one's bed or a nap.

"Take" used to be more popular than "get," but around 1910 they switched places, and "get" is now about 30 times more prevalent than "take" in Ngram's sources.

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