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I took ____ tennis again at the beginning of this year.

A. on
B. up

I checked the dictionary, and it looks like both “take on” and “take up” can mean similar things. Can I say “take on” is generally used for people, whereas “take up” is for challenges? Is the answer B?

1. Take on Someone --
to compete against someone or start a fight with someone, especially someone bigger or better than you:
2. Take up the challenge/gauntlet --
Rick took up the challenge and cycled the 250 mile route alone.

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    Ok, the answer here is definitely "up". You are right that "take on" and "take up" have similar meanings, however "take on" is not directed toward people. I would say "take up" refers to hobbies and things for fun and "take on" refers to challenges or responsibilities. Here are a couple examples:

    When I was 6 years old, I took up the piano.
    As I got older, I took on new responsibilities.

    I took up tennis lessons again at the beginning of the year

    I took on tennis lessons again at the beginning of the year.

    Both work :)

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