You should have the medicine and take a good rest.

Is the phrase right? Should the sentence be corrected as :

"You should take the medicine and have a good rest."

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Whilst most will agree that this can be interchangeable, I'd have a bit different opinion for the delexical verbs.

I prefer using have with food and drink and take with rest. Note that have can also go with rest. But since your sentence uses both (have and take), it has become the matter of preferred choice for both the nouns (medicines and rest).

Having this said,

You should have some medicine and take rest.

I knew this as I had learned it on the site of British Council here.

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  • I think in AmE while you might take a break you usually have a rest or get some rest but not very often do they take a rest – Jim Mar 17 '14 at 7:57
  • @Jim I'm a non native speaker and I try to learn English. AmE and BrE will be the further expertise. Also, I always see that there is some way or the other to debate in either of those dialects – Maulik V Mar 17 '14 at 8:15

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