take advantage of (something)

When you use something that's available to you, you "take advantage of" it. For example, if you live in an exciting city but stay at home every day, a friend might tell you:

You should take advantage of everything the city has to offer!

This means that there are interesting things to do in the city, so you should use them.

A common mistake is for English learners to say "take the advantage of ___". You shouldn't use "a" or "the".

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