make or take a guess?

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rituparnahoymoy

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Assamese -India
I am watching a movie , where a guy saw just a few clips of a video and from that he has to determine what was the real motives behind the act.

When the other characters asked him, he said something like this. This is my translation.


Whatever I have seen of the video footage, I can only make or take a guess.

I want to know which one is correct? Make or take a guess. Also I wanted to know if it would be better to use the word assume here?
 
  • Edinburgher

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    German/English bilingual
    Both are possible, but you don't need make or take. You can just say "I can only guess".
    I would not use "assume" for this, because assumptions are usually based on some prior knowledge, but your character seems to be saying he does not have enough information to make an informed choice, and "can only" make a wild guess.
     
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