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Dear Ted:

Is there any difference between "to GET revenge on someone" and "to TAKE revenge on someone"?

If so, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

As always, many, many thanks for your valuable help.


Dear Paolo:

Is there any difference between "to GET revenge on someone" and "to TAKE revenge
on someone"?

*** There is NO difference, except that TAKE sounds more "active" than "get."  If you GET something, you RECEIVE it.  You don't necessarily perform any action.  "TAKE" means that you act.  Most people use the two phrases interchangeably.

*** I find interesting, Paolo.  In the last two weeks, I have had this question three times.  The first times, the questioners were from Asia.  Getting/taking revenge seems to be a "hot topic."   I wonder if President Obama's speech a few days before the election has anything to do with the use of "revenge."

On Friday in Springfield, Ohio, Obama added the phrase: "Voting is the best revenge."


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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.


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B. A. and M. A in English; MSIS in Library & Information Sciences; graduate study in philosophy

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