What does having ‘the’ before ownership in the second sentence indicate? When to use ‘the’ if I want to use ‘the’ before ownership?

  • To take ownership of something is an expression. If you want to insert the you would have to give an example of where you think it works May 31, 2020 at 14:11

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There are a lot of compound verbs with take + an abstract noun without an article + preposition. For example:

take notice of

take offence at

take heed of

take care of

take exception to

take time to

When the complement is definite, you might expect the abstract to need the in front of it; but in fact these are all idiomatic without the.

Some of them can also be used with the: you can indeed take the ownership of something, and take the time to do something; but most of them can't.

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