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  • I often find the grammatical construction TO TAKE STH SERIOUSLY. Or better, I never find the correct version: TO TAKE STH SERIOUS. The first version that overtly almost everybody is convinced of sounds odd to me, as it separates a full verb TAKE SERIOUS into an auxiliary verb TAKE and and adverb SERIOUSLY. But if you take STH SERIOUS, it doesn’t mean that you SERIOUSLY TAKE it, right?

  • Thanks for your comment Wolfgang. The correct expression is to take something seriously, the other form does not exist. To take someone or something seriously means to treat them in a serious way, because you think they are important and deserve attention. A similar expression is ‘to take something literally’, meaning to interpret it in a literal way (when it is not meant that way). Another is ‘to take something amiss’, meaning to be offended by it when that was not the intention. In all cases the object is followed by an adverb (seriously, literally, amiss).

  • “To decide” seems to me to be an instantaneous action. Is it possible to decide “gradually”? Maybe in the mistake mentioned above logic and grammar interfere.