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English as a Second Language/"take a little pains" expression

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Hello Amy,
what does "take little pains" mean, and how can that part be rewritten?

But the attempt is an impossibility. In fact the editor himself abandons it completely after carrying it partly through the Gospel of Matthew. Anyone can see this for himself who will take a little pains to examine the matter.

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Henrique,

I think here "take a little pains" means to put a bit of effort into.

Just curious - do these paragraphs come from a text that has been translated into English? Is it British English? Or is it old text? as it definitely doesn't sound like modern day American English.

~Amy

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