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Feb 23 '17 at 11:05 comment added Araucaria - Not here any more. I've edited your question for you to make it a bit clearer for readers. If you don't like the edit, please feel free to roll it back :-)
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Feb 23 '17 at 11:02 comment added Teacher KSHuang @JUNCINATOR. I see what you mean. It is a hard one to find. Perhaps you could ask the person who had answered the question on the ELU website?
Feb 23 '17 at 11:01 comment added Teacher KSHuang @user178049. The OP himself had posted a link to more examples of it, if you'd like a reference.
Feb 23 '17 at 10:52 comment added user178049 @TeacherKSHuang I've never heard this idiom, actually. But syntactically, took is not a ditransitive verb, took + noun + noun would be incorrect to me.
Feb 23 '17 at 10:50 comment added JUNCINATOR Thanks for the prompt response, but I have already tried searching for it for quite a while. Even just one link would be greatly appreciated.
Feb 23 '17 at 10:46 comment added Teacher KSHuang Yes. But usually, we say "it took me all I had" not to do something. And I wouldn't want to rob you the pleasure of finding the link yourself :).
Feb 23 '17 at 10:45 comment added JUNCINATOR So saying 'it took me all I had to ...' would also be good English?
Feb 23 '17 at 10:43 comment added JUNCINATOR Care to provide a link to a dictionary page that offers detailed explanation of this idiom?
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Feb 23 '17 at 10:40 comment added JUNCINATOR Yeah I should clarify that I meant object pronouns.
Feb 23 '17 at 10:40 comment added Teacher KSHuang Correct. "It took two policemen everything they had to subdue him" sounds like the more common construction of this idiom.
Feb 23 '17 at 10:39 comment added user178049 @TeacherKSHuang You mean it took two policemen everything.. sounds natural?
Feb 23 '17 at 10:37 comment added user178049 Wait, did you mean everything/all cannot be an object?
Feb 23 '17 at 10:37 comment added Teacher KSHuang The first does sound more natural, but there's nothing wrong with the second grammatically.
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