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    Hello!

    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

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    Default Re: More of an effort

    Quote Originally Posted by Kazuo View Post
    Hello!

    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
    It doesn't differ in meaning from "Can't you make more effort?" It's just one of those phrases we use!

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    Default Re: More of an effort

    Hi there,

    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?’?

    tks
    pete

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    Default Re: More of an effort

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,

    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?’?

    tks
    pete

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    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?

    or

    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!

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    Default Re: More of an effort

    Or, idiomatically, 'Can't you pull your weight?'

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    Default Re: More of an effort

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,

    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?’?

    tks
    pete
    2 is correct but the first, or an alternative like Bob's, sound more natural. I don't think I'd use 2.

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    Default Re: More of an effort

    Can't you make more effort?’?

    Can't you put in more effort? - does this sound more natural?

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    Default Re: More of an effort

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    Can't you make more effort?’?

    Can't you put in more effort? - does this sound more natural?
    It does, but only relatively. 'Can't you put your back into it?' is the sort of idiom I'd use instead of 'Can't you put in more [of an] effort?'.

    b

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