When a teacher discusses something in the class, is it be okay to use "take up"?

We'll take up this topic tomorrow.

We'll take up X tomorrow.

And about "doubts" and "queries":

We'll take up the doubts (or queries) tomorrow.

Do they sound okay? I think that "take up" is usually used for a particular issue.

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    Note that doubts in this sense is (as far as I know) limited to Indian English.
    – Colin Fine
    Aug 5 '19 at 17:09
  • And @ColinFine what about: "I'll take up your queries tomorrow." Aug 5 '19 at 17:15
  • @jonathanjo: that is what it means in many Englishes. It is clear that in Indian English it can mean "uncertainty" or "confusion".
    – Colin Fine
    Aug 5 '19 at 17:57
  • @ColinFine ... happy to stand corrected, thanks. amritt.com/india-english-dictionary/?term=doubt
    – jonathanjo
    Aug 5 '19 at 18:05
  • It's perfectly fine. "Take up" means "start to work on". Though NB "doubt" is not used in this way in BrE and AmE, where it means "disbelief" not "confusion".
    – jonathanjo
    Aug 5 '19 at 18:06

Yes, either of "take up" or "pick up" are often used in this situation.

We'll pick up tomorrow from where we left off.

I think it sounds better to use an object with "take up"

We'll take this up tomorrow from where we left off.

Son: Dad, can we order pizza for lunch?
Father: Take it up with your mother. If it's fine with her it's fine with me.

I wouldn't use the word "doubts" in this case. "Concerns" or "questions" sounds more natural:

We're out of time so we'll take up your concerns/questions tomorrow.

I would be more likely to say "address", though:

We're out of time so I'll address your concerns tomorrow.

  • And what about: "I'll take up your queries tomorrow." Aug 5 '19 at 17:14
  • @It'saboutEnglish Sure. I would prefer "questions" but "queries" is fine.
    – Andrew
    Aug 5 '19 at 17:26
  • Someone told me that "take up" absolutely and totally unnatural in this context ("questions" as well as "topics"), so I'm a bit confused.. Aug 5 '19 at 17:40
  • @It'saboutEnglish I dont see anything wrong with it but that's just one opinion.
    – Andrew
    Aug 5 '19 at 18:00
  • Hello Andrew. Does "quite a ways back" make sense in this context? "We were stuck quite a ways back in traffic at this time yesterday." Sep 4 '19 at 11:25

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