I am talking about how an author notes the problem in only one aspect of a theory. I know there exists a construction on the lines of "takes notice", but is more apt here.

What is that construction?

  • Probably the idiom you want is take exception with, which means to disagree with. Oct 11 '15 at 23:50
  • Another frequently used phrase in this type of situation is ""takes issue with"—that is, "challenges."
    – Sven Yargs
    Oct 12 '15 at 0:29
  • @SvenYargs - Good thinking, that really does make sense. However it doesn't mean 'takes notice'. Oct 12 '15 at 0:31
  • @uuser142267 - There is a problem with your question. The title suggests one type of idiom (e.g. takes issue with) but later you want it to mean 'take note'. These are not the same. Could you clarify what you mean? Thanks. Oct 12 '15 at 0:34
  • I actually mean take issue with/take exception with. I say on the lines of "take notice" to mean that the construction is similar to "take notice", not that the meaning of the construction is similar to "take notice". Sorry if that was confusing :/
    – user142267
    Oct 12 '15 at 0:51

In the title you say:

His objection only takes (SOMETHING) with one aspect of the theory.

I think you mean:

His objection only takes account of one aspect of the theory

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    Yup, that's what it could mean, too. Though the preposition is different, that's easily misheard. Oct 12 '15 at 0:14
  • I'm beginning to wonder. My version is grammatical but I'm not sure when it could be used. Your version makes better sense but doesn't fit with the requirement that it should mean 'taking note'. I think we need clarification. Oct 12 '15 at 0:29
  • I think take issue/take exception most closely match what I wanted to say. Sorry about the confusion.
    – user142267
    Oct 12 '15 at 0:53

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