English Phrase: What it takes.


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?

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“What it takes” is to say “What is needed”. This explains what is required to do something.


For example:

  • 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.


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