Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

take a moment

take a moment
1) stop and consider something for a brief period of time
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    • take a moment to think about something
  • Analysis
    When you 'take a moment' you do something for a short amount of time such as a couple of minutes. You might take a moment to think about something, you could ask someone to take a moment to look at your work or to review something. 'A moment' is an unspecific short amount of time.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Before committing to anything, I think you should take a moment to think about whether you are doing the right thing.
    2. Jane took a moment to gather her thoughts before giving her speech. It helped to calm her nerves and get her in the right frame of mind.
    3. I think that taking a moment everyday to consider those less fortunate than us is a good way to appreciate our own lives better.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. This new information changes a few things for our strategy. Let's take a moment to consider the implications.
    2. This has been a long discussion and very emotive. Let's take a moment to get some air and regroup later on.
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