Does the use of take up sound correct and natural in the following sentence?

When I was at school, I took so many notes that sometimes they took up a few dozens of pages.

Would it be better to say the following?

When I was at school, I took so many notes that sometimes they were a few dozens pages long.

If neither sounds ok, what would you say?

  • My bad! I meant "took notes". Thanks for pointing that out! Commented Feb 24, 2020 at 18:40
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    Your took up sounds fine to me, although the end part would be more natural to my (Br.Eng) ear as took up a few dozen pages. Commented Feb 24, 2020 at 18:43

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Either of those ways of phrasing things is fine. In particular, your use of "took up" there is entirely correct.

One side-note I would make: When using phrases like "a few dozen", if it's made plural (with an "s" on the end), it can only be used as a noun. When grouped-quantities like this are used as an adjective, you need to use a non-plural phrasing. So this would be ok, because you're using "of":

there were several dozens of eggs

But this needs to leave off the "s" in order to act as an adjective (and directly modify the noun):

there were a few dozen pages

Also, idiomatically, people will pretty much always say "a few dozen (somethings)", rather than "a few dozens of (something)", but that's something that I think is kinda specific to the phrase "a few dozen" in particular.

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