Welcome to this episode of Aussie English.
Today I’m going to be teaching the expressionTO TAKE THE BAIT.
So, the expression TO TAKE THE BAIT is quiteoften used in English.
I mean, this is the kind of expression thatI would use quite a bit, that I hear quite a bit in Australian English, and it kind ofsurpasses all kinds of English.
So, you’re going to hear it in AmericanEnglish, English English, Canadian English, New Zealand English, Australian English.
It’s a very common and ubiquitous kind ofexpression that’s used by all kinds of natives all over the world.
So, let’s define the words in the expressionTO TAKE THE BAIT.
We’ll start with the noun THE BAIT, BAIT,A BAIT, THE BAIT.
BAIT is food that is placed on a hook or ina net or some kind of trap that’s used in order to lure in an animal and then catchit.
So, if you go fishing, you know, you castout the BAIT on a hook with often a sinker above the hook or below the hook as well dependingon how you’ve set up your tackle on your fishing rod, and you’re hoping that a squidor a fish, whatever it is that you’re trying to catch whilst finishing, grabs onto thatBAIT.
So, you’re hoping that they literally TAKETHE BAIT.
And the verb TO TAKE in this sense can mean here to eat, to swallow, to bite onto THE BAIT.
So, like a fish coming across THE BAIT thatyou’ve got on a hook or in some kind of trap, and TAKING that BAIT, biting it, swallowingit, eating it, you’re hoping that that fish TAKES THE BAIT.
But then there’s also that idea of TO TAKEas in to accept, TO TAKE something from someone you’re accepting it.
They’re giving it to you, you’re TAKINGit.
So, the definition of TO TAKE THE BAIT, whenwe put this sentence together, if someone TAKES THE BAIT it’s to accept somethingthat was offered to get you to do something.
So, it’s when you accept something, youTAKE something that was offered to you, often BAIT, and it gets you to do something.
And I might add too that it’s the idea ofdoing something or using something in order to sort of trick someone into doing somethingthat you want them to do that may not necessarily be something that they want to do.
So, that’s the idea of using BAIT in thissense.
If you’re using BAIT it’s in order tosort of literally catch an animal that obviously doesn’t want to be caught.
So, you’re using food that it would likebut the food is there as A BAIT, it’s there to trick the animal into coming into the trapor biting the hook and obviously doing something it doesn’t want, which is being caught.
So, when you use this phrase to say that someoneHAS TAKEN THE BAIT or you’re trying to get someone TO TAKE THE BAIT it’s often tryingto trick that person into doing something that is not necessarily in their best interest.
So, not necessarily that they would want todo if they knew the full circumstance or the full circumstances.
So, let’s go through some examples guys.
Ok, number 1.
Imagine that you’re hunting an animal.
So, imagine that there is a pest species inyour local park, say a squirrel.
So, in Australia we don’t have squirrels.
If you had… somehow they had escaped outof the zoo and they were living in the park across the street from the zoo and you’vegot someone going in there to try and catch them, you could say that he’s set up trapsand he’s put BAIT inside of these wire metal traps, and if the animals go in the door atthe back shuts and they get trapped in the traps and they can be taken back to the zoo.
So, imagine that this pest controller or thishunter, this guy who’s gone out to catch these pest squirrels has set up all of thesetraps, he’s hoping at the end of the day that all of the squirrels that have escapedinto the park, they’ve escaped out of the zoo and they’re living in the park now wild,he’s hoping that they TAKE THE BAIT.
He’s hoping that each one of these trapsis going to be successful in catching one of these animals by luring in one of theseanimals, hoping they go into the trap, TAKE THE BAIT, bite THE BAIT, swallow THE BAIT,grab THE BAIT, and the door shuts and traps them there so that they can be taken back.
So, that’s one example where we could literallyuse this phrase of hoping that something literally TAKES THE BAIT in a trap.
So, it’s fooled, it’s lured in, it’stricked into taking the bait and getting trapped, which is obviously something that it doesn’twant.
So, that’s example number 1.
Example number 2.
Imagine that you are a chess player.
And chess is that game with I think 64 squares.
You’ll have like black and white squaresin alternating succession, in alternating patterns across a checkered board.
And you have, I don’t know the exact number,but you have all of those pieces.
So, you’ve got like rooks, that first rowof rooks, and then… actually, sorry, the first row is pawns.
The first row is pawns.
The rooks or the castles are the ones on theend.
And you’ve got the horses, the bishops,and then the king and the queen.
So, that’s the game of chess, you know, it’s a strategy game where two people play it.
One’s white and one’s black, and you’reeffectively trying TO TAKE the king of the other person, trap the king, you’re wantingto checkmate that person and win the game of chess.
So, imagine that you’re playing this gameof chess with someone and you’re trying to trick them into doing a certain thing,making a certain move to actually open up their king so that you can check mate themand win.
So, you’re trying to lure them in and hopingthat they TAKE THE BAIT.
So, imagine that you’ve set up some kindof arrangement of your pieces that makes you look weak, but you know that actually you’regoing to be able to checkmate the opponent if he TAKES THE BAIT, if he gets lured in,if he’s tricked, if he does a certain action and opens himself up for you to be able tomake a certain movement, do a certain movement and trick the guy, and checkmate the guy.
If he does what you want him to without knowingit though that’s him TAKING THE BAIT.
And THE BAIT in this example would be, sayyou’ve exposed a certain piece.
So, in chess, for example, everyone’s alwaysworried about losing their queen, you know, everyone doesn’t want to get checkmatedand lose their king, obviously, ‘cause the game’s over, but prior to that, at leastfor the novice, for the person who doesn’t know the game incredibly well, the most importantpiece that everyone seems to always want to protect is the queen, the queen.
And so, imagine that you’ve opened it upand you’ve made your queen look incredibly exposed and that he can… your opponent cantake your queen easily.
He takes your queen and then all of a suddenyou make a movement and checkmate.
You could say when he takes your queen thathe HAS TAKEN THE BAIT, that you’ve tricked him and then you’ve won.
So, that’s a good example of him TAKINGTHE BAIT.
Example number 3.
This is more a figurative one as well.
Imagine that you have a father who’s aboutto have his 60th birthday.
And this is the case with my father actually.
Well, at least his 60th birthday’s in thisyear, 2017.
But, imagine that you’re trying to set upa surprise party for your father.
You don’t want him to know that you’regoing to have a surprise birthday party.
So, a surprise birthday party where you inviteall over… you invite over all of your friends, you get all of the cake and food and drinks,everything, set up in your house or wherever it is that you’re having the party.
You have all of the family come over and youhide in the room, you know.
He’s going to come in and you’re all goingto jump out and yell out “Surprise! Surprise! Happy birthday!”.
In order to get him to go out and do something,to be away while you’re setting up the party, because he would know otherwise, you needto sort of trick him and lure him out to go and do something.
So, imagine that you ask him to go to theshops to get some snags, some sausages or some lamb chops or something because you wantto have “a small barbecue tonight”, you know.
“Hey dad, it’s your birthday.
Let’s just have a small gathering.
Just, you know, me, my sister, mum and you.
We’ll have a small barbecue.
Can you go get some meat? Can you go up to the shops.
Can you go to Woolies or Coles.
” Those are the two different chains that you’llmost often see in Australia, Woolies and Coles.
“Can you head up to Woolies and Coles, godown the shops and get some meat, some snags, sausages and some lamb chops for tonight.
So, you’ve tricked him, he’s gone outand then just as he leaves and goes out to the shops everyone comes over.
You get ready, you’ve got all your foodout, you get all your drinks set up, you get your presents set up, all the family’s there,friends are there, and then as soon as he gets back you all yell out, you know, “Surprise! Happy birthday! Happy 60th!”.
So, if he were to go to the shops and do whatyou’ve asked him to do that is when you could say he’S TAKEN THE BAIT.
He’S TAKEN THE BAIT, he’s been tricked,we’ve lured him away from the home so that everyone can come over, he’S TAKEN THE BAIT.
And you could ring everyone up and be like,“He’s just gone.
He’s gone to the shops.
He TOOK THE BAIT.
We asked him to go get some snags and somelamb and some meat and everything for the Barbie.
He’s gone out and he’s done it.
He’S TAKEN THE BAIT.
He believed it.
He’s been tricked.
He’s been lured away.
It’s safe to come over.
He’S TAKEN THE BAIT.
So, hopefully by now guys you get the phraseTO TAKE THE BAIT, and hopefully you’ll be able to use this yourselves whenever you’respeaking English.
And, to end up let’s just do a substitutionexercise guys where in this substitution exercise the sentence that I’m going to be usingis going to be along the lines of, “Did I TAKE THE BAIT?” and I’m going to conjugatethis through all the different pronouns, but I’m going to get you to substitute TAKETHE BAIT for FALL FOR IT.
So, if you FALL FOR SOMETHING it means thatyou’ve been tricked by something.
So, if your dad got lured out, like in thatlast example to the shops, he FELL FOR IT.
You know, you’ve tricked him to go out sothat he does something, he FELL FOR SOMETHING, he’S FALLING FOR SOMETHING, I wanted himTO FALL FOR SOMETHING.
So, we’ll go through this substitution exercise,guys.
The first sentence I’ll say, for example,“DID I FALL FOR IT?” and then you’ll substitute in “DID I TAKE THE BAIT?”.
And so, we’ll go through like that and you’ll associate TAKING THE BAIT with FALLING FOR SOMETHING.
So, you get to learn two things at once.
Let’s go! Did I fall for it? Did I take the bait? Did you fall for it? Did you take the bait? Did he fall for it? Did he take the bait? Did she fall for it? Did she take the bait? Did we fall for it? Did we take the bait? Did they fall for it? Did they take the bait? So, that’s it for today guys.
I hope you enjoyed this episode.
I hope you can now use the phrase TO TAKETHE BAIT, and I’ll see you in the next one.
All the best!.