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take recordings OR make recordings?

hirashin

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Dear native English speakers,

which verb sounds right in the sentence below, taken or made?

When electrical recordings of the brain of the Indus Dolphin were [ made / taken ], it was found that the animal actually sleeps around 7 hours a day.

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I also think "made" is better. Just for reference, the use of verbs that don't say very much (one expert referred to them as "colourless verbs") is frowned upon in scientific writing. As a scientific editor, I would much prefer "When electrical signals...were recorded" ("record" says so much more than "make"). But the sentence with "made" is fine for education purposes.
 

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Oh? There seems to be some difference between British English and American English. Thank you all for the information.
 
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