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The meeting will take part soon.
The meeting will take place soon
I'll take place in the meeting.
I'll take part in the meeting.

To take place means to happen or to be held, while to take part means to be involved in.

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I hired out a surf board when I was in America.
I hired a surf board when I was in America.

To hire something is to pay to use it, usually for a short time, with one single payment: a suit, a bicycle, a rowing boat etc. To hire out is to offer something for someone else to hire.

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I like you! Will you marry me?
I love you! Will you marry me?

Both verbs can be used for people and things, the only difference is one of degree. Love is much stronger than like.

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My brother has my English book.
My English book is with my brother.

Avoid using be with in the sense of have. Be with means to be together or in company of: He is with his parents

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I've now given up football.
I've now left football.
Also possible:
I've now stopped playing football.

Never use leave in the meaning of give up, or stop something.

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