I want to say, “Somebody offered to take our things”, as a polite gesture. (so not stealing our things, or just taking them for no reason.) There are just so many different ways to say take — I’m not sure which is appropriate!

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Jemand bot an, unsere Sachen an sich zu nehmen.

Wenn sich derjenige mit diesen Sachen entfernt, eher:

Jemand bot an, unsere Sachen mitzunehmen.


How about

Jemand bot an, uns unsere Sachen abzunehmen.

If you want to express that the person personally takes your things (i.e. doesn’t just put them somewhere else or gives them away), you can add the reflexive pronoun sich:

Jemand bot sich an, uns unsere Sachen abzunehmen.

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