I have recently seen the phrase “what it takes” for example: “tell me what it takes to let you go” I am a little bit confused. Would you be so kind as to tell me what that phrase means?
“What it takes” is to say “What is needed”. This explains what is required to do something.
- It takes great fitness to run a marathon
Is the same as…
- Great fitness is needed to run a marathon.
Another example could be for how much time something needs.
- How long does the chicken take to cook?
- It takes about an hour in the oven.