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Is there any difference between "to take hold of a pen" and "to take and hold a pen"?

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    Yes. Take hold of a pen means to grab it. Take and hold a pen means to grab it first, then grasp it in your hand.

     

    We commonly say 'take hold of a pen' or 'take up pen and paper' to mean start to write. 'to take and hold a pen' sounds a bit strange. It's grammatical, but I can't think of a situation where I'd say it. Some people include 'to take and to hold' in their marriage vows.

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