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    Poshi is offline Newbie
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    Hi,
    Can I ask about a collocation of words, please?
    I wonder if I can use "get across" and "what I said"?
    like this: I couldn't get across what I said.

    I also want to ask about "make ... understood" and "my idea / thoughts / message"
    Can I say like this?: "I couldn't make my idea understood."

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    Re: collocation

    Quote Originally Posted by Poshi View Post
    Hi,
    Can I ask about a collocation of words, please?
    I wonder if I can use "get across" and "what I said"?
    like this: I couldn't get across what I said.

    I also want to ask about "make ... understood" and "my idea / thoughts / message"
    Can I say like this?: "I couldn't make my idea understood."
    In the first sentence, when you say "I couldn't get across what I said", it means you didn't understand what you said. What you meant was you couldn't make someone else get the meaning of what you said. In order to convey that meaning , rewrite like this:
    "I couldn't make them get across what I said."

    As for the second sentence, yes, you can say "I couldn't make my idea understood"

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