Take or Last?

Take and Last – part 3 of 3: Simple English Videos Lesson

This video is the third in a set of three videos. Check the comments below for links to the other two and watch them first. We use both these verbs to talk about the length of time something continues, so how are they different? We’ve got a problem. What’s the matter? I forgot to charge the other camera battery. Oh, how long will that one last? I don’t know. Maybe half an hour? Let’s get to work then. OK. So the battery will last about half an hour. That’s how long it will continue to supply power. How long does it take to charge this battery? About four hours. Oh. So the battery will take about four hours to charge. That’s the time required to fill it up with electricity. It takes four hours to charge this camera battery. When it’s fully charged, it will last about two hours. (Sounds of Vicki in pain.) It’s bad news. We need to extract the tooth. Take it out? How long will it take and how much will it cost? Five minutes and five thousand dollars. Five thousand dollars for a five minute tooth extraction? I can make it last longer, if you like. So ‘take’ is about the time that’s needed to do things. How long will it take and how much will it cost? Five minutes and thousand dollars. Last’ is about the time they continue. I can make it last longer, if you like. How long does this video last, Jay? Under three minutes I think. Wow! Fantastic! Why? Because it takes less than three minutes to learn the difference between ‘take’ and ‘last’. Terrific! I could make it last longer if you’d like. (Drill sound)

5 thoughts on “Take or Last?

  • November 11, 2014 at 3:19 pm
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    Click here to watch the companion video on ‘How long does it last?’.
    Andclick here to watch the companion video on ‘How long does it take?’.

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  • December 12, 2014 at 12:03 pm
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    Thank very much for all these really nice and helpfull videos ^_^

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    • December 13, 2014 at 1:07 pm
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      We’re so glad you find them helpful, Pati. Thank you for writing!

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  • April 18, 2016 at 10:01 am
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    Hi Vicky,
    Thank you for these great explanations. I just have one question:
    Would I then also ask: How long does the film / opera / concert last?
    Or how long did the party last?
    Thank you!
    Regards
    Katrina

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    • May 5, 2016 at 12:44 am
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      Another great question Katrina! Yes, you could ask ‘How long did the party/film/opera/concert last?’ These are all great examples.

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