[hold / take] his partner in his arms


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He [took / held] his partner in his arms and started to dance.

I made it up. Would it make any difference in the sentence's meaning or connotation if you chose the word "held" over "take"?
  • dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    He "took" her in his arms describes the short action of changing from (a) standing separately to (b) standing with her in his arms.

    He "held" her in his arms describes an ongoing action (holding something: her). It lasts the entire time they are connected in that way.


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    British English (Sussex)
    It may be just me, but it sounds as though he was dancing and she just got carried or dragged around the dance floor:D.

    I would say "...and they started to dance".
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