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    Questions about 'report'

    Three questions about 'make a report':

    1. If the President is giving a speech to the Congress, can we say 'The President is making a report to the Congress'?

    2. --You'll need to make a report as soon as you arrive.
    --Who to?
    Does the 'make a report' in this dialogue mean 'to tell someone that you are present and ready for work/duty'?

    3. The phrase 'make/do a report' in L. G. Alexander's sentence 'I'd like you to check the accounts and make/do a report for me' is translated in Chinese as 'write a report'. Is the translation correct?

    Could I ask native speakers to help me please? Thank you in advance.

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    Re: Questions about 'report'

    Hi Joham

    As a NES, but not a teacher:

    Q1. If the President is giving a speech to the Congress, can we say 'The President is making a report to the Congress'?
    A1: Only if he is giving an update on a particular situation (e.g. in his "State of the Nation" speech). If he is just trying to get them to support a particular proposal, then I would not classify that as a report.

    Q2. --You'll need to make a report as soon as you arrive.
    --Who to?
    Does the 'make a report' in this dialogue mean 'to tell someone that you are present and ready for work/duty'?
    A2: You would "make a report" to the appropriate person at your destination, giving them an update on a particular situation - See A1, above.
    If you "report for duty" then yes, you would be tellng someone that you are present and ready for work/duty.

    Q3. The phrase 'make/do a report' in L. G. Alexander's sentence 'I'd like you to check the accounts and make/do a report for me' is translated in Chinese as 'write a report'. Is the translation correct?
    A3: Yes. see A1, above.

    Hope this helps
    NT

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