A mother and a little girl went to clinic.

The nurse is trying to take the little girl height.

The girl was afraid and didn't want to take the height.

"Take a height. Don't be afraid. Mummy do."

the mother told her as she tries to take the height by herself.

Does it sound grammatically correct and natural?

Do we say "take a height" when we measure someone's height?

  • In the US we would say "get your height" or, more informally, "see how tall you are."
    – Robusto
    Commented May 24, 2017 at 3:41

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Please try the following for a more natural sound:

"Measure your height"

Additionally you could say:

"Let's measure your height. Don't be afraid. Mummy will do it."


This is a situation where we can use have or get:

Go ahead, have your height taken (by the nurse).


Go ahead, get your height taken (by the nurse).

They are analogous to "have your hair cut" or "get your hair cut". Have|get + something + past participle. This pattern is used when someone else is doing something for us. We have the choice to say who the other person is in a by-phrase. We can add the by-phrase or leave it out.

You could also use let:

Go ahead, let the nurse take your height.

Go ahead, let the nurse measure how tall you are.

Let + someone + non-finite clause complement.


The conversation actually sounds completely natural if the little girl is one or two years old.

At that age, many of the added words an adult would say are lost on kids and are not used.

Mommy do

is a key line since a two year old will understand that

Mommy is doing it also

  • The actually grammar after mummy is "does". Is that right?
    – JJ12345
    Commented May 25, 2017 at 3:14

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