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Can't you make more of an effort? (Longman)
I can't understand the expression ‘more of an effort’.
How does the sentence differ from ‘Can't you make more effort?’?
Thanks in advance
Is there any difference between the two expressions in tone or usage?
1.Can't you make more of an effort?
2. Can't you make more effort?’?
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Good morning, Peter.
(1) I was just thinking the same thing.
(2) Grammatically, they are different, of course.
You + cannot make + more (pronoun) + of an effort (prepositional phrase).
You + cannot make + more (adjective) + effort (noun).
(3) In pronunciation, there would also be an difference in which word is emphasized:
Can't you make MORE of an effort?
Can't you make more EFFORT?
(4) Above all, however, I think that native speakers would be more
inclined to say:
Can't you make more of an effort?
Can't you give it a little more effort?
Of course, I may be wrong, but I feel that many native speakers would
not be that comfortable with "Can't you make more effort?"
Have a nice day!
Or, idiomatically, 'Can't you pull your weight?'
Can't you make more effort?’?
Can't you put in more effort? - does this sound more natural?