What is the difference between "get" and "take"? Both are used to describe receiving something. By intuition I mostly guess which one to use, but would like to know some rule which will stick in my head.
It's hard to say. Generally,
take denotes an active action, like "I took his cheese," while
get denotes a passive one, like "I got my paycheck today." Besides that, you just have to memorize which one to use where.
Examples of take:
- I take a shower.
- I take it that you're going. (Meaning: From what I can tell, you are going.)
- I take my pills daily. (Action of consuming.)
- I took your cheese. (Physical removal of an object.)
- The main point I took away from that was... (understanding a concept)
- I took her to the opera. (Conducting someone.)
- I took up doing cocaine. (to start a habit)
Examples of get:
- I got my paycheck. (Received from someone else giving it to you.)
- I get you. (As in, I understand you).
- I didn't get that, please repeat it. (As in, I didn't hear).
- Get out of here.
- Get dressed. Take your time. (From PyroTiger).
- Get up!
- Get a life.
In my sense, take will denote some action from the subject, whereas get is more passive.
"I take from you. You get from me."
The first sentence would be construed as I don't require your permission to 'get' something. The second sentence would mean that unless I give, you cannot 'take' something.
'Take' would seem authoritative when used in a 'person as a subject' setting.
"Get" also means to go and "fetch" something then bring it back to where you currently are.
You left your book in your locker? Go get it.
"Take your book" would be to grab it and go elsewhere, like from home to school.
There is two words of same meaning that is "take" & "get". Mostly, words "take" is use to be for take something hard. For example, take my pen. Whilst word "get" is to be use for get permission from someone.
It depends how you use the two words. The both words can be used as passive or active verb depending on the situation.
Let's look at this example: My boss asked me to (take, get) the office key from his office assistant. Here, if you use (take), your expression may sound harsh.
Example 2: The detective (got, took) the suspect by force as he left the restaurant. In this example, either of the two verbs in the parenthesis are correct.