This is documentation for Mathematica 8, which was
based on an earlier version of the Wolfram Language.

# Take

 Takegives the first n elements of list. Takegives the last n elements of list. Takegives elements m through n of list. Takegives a nested list in which elements specified by are taken at level i in list.
• Take uses the standard sequence specification:
 All all elements None no elements n elements 1 through n -n last n elements {n} element n only {m,n} elements m through n inclusive {m,n,s} elements m through n in steps of s
• Take can be used on an object with any head, not necessarily List.
• Take effectively extracts a submatrix from list.
Take the first 4 elements from a list:
Take the last 3 elements:
Take elements 2 through 4:
Take the first 4 elements from a list:
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Take the last 3 elements:
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Take elements 2 through 4:
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 Scope   (7)
Take elements from the second to the second-to-last:
Take every other element:
Take the first two rows of a matrix:
Take all rows, and the first two columns:
Take the first two rows, and the last column:
Take a submatrix:
Take every other row and column:
Take works with any head, not just List:
Take works with SparseArray objects:
 Applications   (2)
Pick out a subimage:
Sample every third cell in an image:
Take and Drop are complementary:
Take is often equivalent to Part extraction with Range:
Take is equivalent to Part extraction with Span:
Take gives an array whose first dimensions are its arguments:
Reverse[e] is equivalent to Take:
Take always returns a list, even if it is just taking a single element: