Focus on: Take off

Take off is one of those aviation terms which will be thorougly repeated during the ICAO test. But do you know how to use it in the past? And how should you use it in the continuous/progressive aspect?

Take a look at these examples from corpora on the Web:

1) At 7:59 AM, Flight 11 took off from Boston’s Logan Airport (911research.wtc7.net/planes);

2) Thirty seconds after Pacific Blue flight 89 took off from Queenstown, a Fire Rescue Service member called the control tower (www.odt.co.nz);

3) Two planes taking off from National came dangerously close to a plane trying to land (www.washingtonpost.com);

4) It is the perfect location to watch aircraft taking off and landing (www.broward.org).

As you can see from the sentences above, you should inflect just the first part of the unit, which happens to be the verb take – so, your options are take/takes off, took off, taken off and taking off. As take off is a phrasal verb, the same goes for walk away, make up, kick off, etc. Much as I hate pointing out mistakes, I guess this time it’s important to make myself absolutely clear by saying that there’s no such thing as take offed, let alone taked off

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Take off  é um desses termos de aviação que será repetido exaustivamente ao longo de um teste ICAO. Mas você sabe como conjugá-lo no passado? E como fazer quando você precisa usar take off em algum tempo contínuo/progressivo?

Dê uma olhada nos exemplos abaixo, retirados de acervos online confiáveis:

1) At 7:59 AM, Flight 11 took off from Boston’s Logan Airport (911research.wtc7.net/planes);

2) Thirty seconds after Pacific Blue flight 89 took off from Queenstown, a Fire Rescue Service member called the control tower (www.odt.co.nz);

3) Two planes taking off from National came dangerously close to a plane trying to land (www.washingtonpost.com);

4) It is the perfect location to watch aircraft taking off and landing (www.broward.org).

Como você pode observar nas sentenças acima, apenas a primeira parte da unidade deve ser flexionada, ou seja, o verbo take – portanto, suas possibilidades de conjugação são:   take/takes off, took off, taken off e taking off. Como take off  é um phrasal verb, o mesmo vale para walk away, make up, kick off, etc. Apesar de eu detestar chamar atenção para o erro, creio que desta vez é importante deixar absolutamente claro que não existe take offed, e menos ainda taked off!

About Isabella Ferraro

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