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    let/make sb distracted

    1 The noises made me distracted.
    2 The noises let me distracted.
    3 The noises made me be distracted.
    4 The noises let me be distracted.

    5 Don't make me distracted.
    6 Don't let me distracted.
    7 Don't let me be distracted.

    Are all seven sentences correct? (I'm only sure of #1 and #5.)

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: let/make sb distracted

    The simplest versions are:
    The noises distracted me.
    Don't distract me.

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    Re: let/make sb distracted

    Thanks a lot, 5jj. And does your answer mean that all my sentences are grammatically correct, only too complicated?

    Thank you again.

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    Re: let/make sb distracted

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    1 The noises made me distracted.
    2 The noises let me distracted.
    3 The noises made me be distracted. ???
    4 The noises let me be distracted.
    5 Don't make me distracted.
    6 Don't let me distracted.
    7 Don't let me be distracted.
    My opinion: #1 and #5 are possible. #3 is unlikely. #7 is possible with a different meaning - Don't allow me to get/become distracted. The others are unacceptable.

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    Re: let/make sb distracted

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    Thanks a lot, 5jj. And does your answer mean that all my sentences are grammatically correct, only too complicated?

    Thank you again.
    Only 2 and 6 are ungrammatical. in 1-5, the meaning is not what you have in mind. Consider this example: 'The children's behaviour is very bad. It's driving me to distraction.' Distraction is a loss of cognitive faculty. If a noise 'makes you distracted' it's probably supposed to mean what 5jj suggested; it could conceivably mean it's driving you mad. ('To distraction' is the more common form, as in my example; 'distracted', in this sense, is usually qualified by a source of the madness -'distracted with fear/hunger/frustration...'. No. 7 has a very strange/unlikely meaning - 'protect me from distraction'. Take 5jj's advice.

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    Last edited by BobK; 10-Nov-2011 at 14:41. Reason: 5jj beat me to it

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