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up to task vs. up to it

Posted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 10:20 am
by majidkh
Hello

Could someone tell me if up to task and up to it could mean handle sth successfully and if they can be interchangeably used and also are common?

1- Is he Up to Task Of Being President?
2- It was an important event, and she's managed to be up to task of it brilliantly.
3- I was flattered to be offered the job but wasn't sure if I could be up to it.

Thanks a lot

Re: up to task vs. up to it

Posted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 12:34 pm
by Erik_Kowal
#1 reads like a newspaper headline. Expanded and/or reworded, it might read "Is he up to {the task of being President / the presidency}?"

#2: "It was an important event, and she was more than up to the task [of managing it]."

#3: "I was flattered to be offered the job but wasn't sure if I would be up to it."

"Up to it" and "up to the task" are both in fairly common use. They mean more or less the same thing. However, if you are in doubt, due to its relative vagueness "up to it" is probably more useful in a wide variety of situations.

Re: up to task vs. up to it

Posted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 4:15 am
by christinecornwall
To me, 'up to it' bears more of a connotation of having the physical and mental energy to complete the task successfully, whereas up to task connotes a sense of preparedness. IMHO

Re: up to task vs. up to it

Posted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 11:56 pm
by Edwin F Ashworth
'past it', however, doesn't mean 'ahead of the game' - which in turn is not the opposite of 'running with the hare and hunting with the hounds' - but which can neither mean the same as 'beating about the bush' - but which could be regarded as 'being offside' - which is hard to define when batsmen keep pirouetting.
I hope that clarifies it.

Re: up to task vs. up to it

Posted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 7:08 am
by Erik_Kowal
Yes, you have clarified it to death.

Re: up to task vs. up to it

Posted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 8:23 pm
by dante
Edwin:
I hope that clarifies it.
It doesn't Edwin,au contraire :)