What's the difference between "take a guess" and "make a guess"? Seems like they're both grammatically correct.

For example:

I don't know how old she is, I can only make/take a guess.

  • I mostly hear "take a guess" being used imperatively, while I would say "make a guess" if I'm the one doing it. (But corpus results suggest that both are used interchangeably.)
    – Wehage
    Jun 28, 2020 at 21:25

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As a native speaker, I just want to confirm you are correct. While in my region of the U.S., I hear "take" much more often -- and I don't even know if other regions are different -- I don't think either is any more correct ... perhaps merely a preference. They are not only grammatically/technically correct, but they are also both in broad common use.

So I would call these 100% interchangeable.

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