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    Dear teachers,

    I have just read the following from a grammar book:

    We can say 'to make friends with them' but we can't say 'to make a friend with him'. Is that right? And is it correct to say ' to make a friend' or ' to make friends' without using 'with ...'?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Hi, Jiang,
    Make friends is a set expression; it doesn't matter if you speak of one or more persons. I think it's all right to say
    I made a lot of friends during my stay at the camp.
    Cheers

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    Hi Humble,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.

    Best wishes,

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Hi, Jiang,
    Make friends is a set expression; it doesn't matter if you speak of one or more persons. I think it's all right to say
    I made a lot of friends during my stay at the camp.
    Cheers

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    Humble's right, but there is also the expression "make a friend of", meaning "to befriend": "It's a good idea, when going to a new school, to find someone who lives close to you and make a friend of them". In this case, the expression means virtually the same as "make friends with" - but suggests more of an active effort to become a friend.

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    Dear BobK,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Humble's right, but there is also the expression "make a friend of", meaning "to befriend": "It's a good idea, when going to a new school, to find someone who lives close to you and make a friend of them". In this case, the expression means virtually the same as "make friends with" - but suggests more of an active effort to become a friend.

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    Dear BobK,

    Could you please explain if I say 'to make a friend of him' instead of 'them'?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Humble's right, but there is also the expression "make a friend of", meaning "to befriend": "It's a good idea, when going to a new school, to find someone who lives close to you and make a friend of them". In this case, the expression means virtually the same as "make friends with" - but suggests more of an active effort to become a friend.

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