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    Are the following phrases both acceptable?

    to practise making conversation

    to make conversation practice

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    Re: alternatives

    Only #1 is acceptable to me.

    'Make practice' is not a natural collocation.

    Rover

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    Re: alternatives

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    'Make practice' is not a natural collocation.
    Thank you, Rover!
    One last question, if I may. Could 'make' be replaced with 'get' or 'do' in #2 ? If so, could you provide a couple of examples?
    I do remember reading the words 'conversation practice' preceded by a verb, but I honestly can't remember what it was .
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    Re: alternatives

    Yes — 'get' or 'do' work better.

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    Re: alternatives

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Yes — 'get' or 'do' work better.
    Thank you.

    Silly me ...If I had thought a litttle harder, I would have come up with the answer myself. I came across the following sentence in an exercise a few days ago:
    I need to get some more practice before taking my driving test.

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