Dear experts,

1. Would you agree that the expressions below are interchangeable in only ONE and not both meanings (simple YES/NO would be fine):

take a stand on something
take the stand on something

take a stand on something - (also: take one\'s stand on something) adopt a firm position concerning smth.; assert one\'s point of view: He sent a selection of newspaper pieces to the authorities with the request that they take a stand on the matter.

take the stand on something - 1. vouch for smth.; stand surety for smth.: She is generally believed to be Sneyd\'s wife, though I could not take the stand on that myself.
2. = take a stand on something: Which moment in the political life of the country do you think is important for the people to take the stand on the issue of monarchy?

2. May the expression:

take one\'s stand - take one\'s place or position: The players, except one, take their stand at one side, and one stands at the other side in front of them.

be replaced by TAKE A STAND? or TAKE THE STAND in the above context?

3. May the expression:

take the stand - 1. (US) come into the witness box to give testimony: The judge next asked the defendant to take the stand.
2. take one\'s position on an elevated platform (as a speaker, etc.): So many people roll their eyes when they hear a girl singer is about to take the stand.

be replaced by TAKE A STAND? or TAKE ONE\'S STAND in meanings 1 or 2 in the above context?

Thank you,
Yuri
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To reply to Yuri's questions about

take a stand on something
take the stand on something:
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take A stand on something - (also: take one\'s stand on something) adopt a firm position concerning smth.; assert one\'s point of view

He sent a selection of newspaper pieces to the authorities with the request that they take a stand on the matter.

"¢ Yes, "take A stand" is good here, but NOT "take one's stand."
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take THE stand on something - 1. vouch for smth.; stand surety for smth.: She is generally believed to be Sneyd\'s wife, though I could not take the stand on that myself.

"¢ OK

2. = take A stand on something: Which moment in the political life of the country do you think is important for the people to take the stand on the issue of monarchy?

"¢ In my idiom, this would not work. It would have to be only "take A stand on the issue....

2. May the expression:

take one\'s stand - take one\'s place or position: The players, except one, take their stand at one side, and one stands at the other side in front of them.

be replaced by TAKE A STAND? or TAKE THE STAND in the above context?

"¢ No, to indicate the physical position, it has to be "take ONE's stand"
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3. May the expression:

take the stand - 1. (US) come into the witness box to give testimony: The judge next asked the defendant to take the stand.

2. take one\'s position on an elevated platform (as a speaker, etc.): So many people roll their eyes when they hear a girl singer is about to take the stand.

be replaced by TAKE A STAND? or TAKE ONE\'S STAND in meanings 1 or 2 in the above context?

"¢ Only "take THE stand" for both 1 and 2.

Rachel

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