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    make a cause

    Hi teachers!

    Is the use of "make" in the sentence below fine?

    Drinking too much coffee can ( make ) a cause of health problems.

    I think nobody would disagree if it's "be" instead of "make", but it seems like "make" also can be possible.

    Is "make" okay?

    Thank you!

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    Re: make a cause

    make; cause (something) to exist or come about

    So in your sentence, it would be like saying, it can cause a cause of health problems.

    It would be either:
    can be a cause of...
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    Re: make a cause

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Hi teachers!

    Is the use of "make" in the sentence below fine?

    Drinking too much coffee can ( make ) a cause of health problems.

    I think nobody would disagree if it's "be" instead of "make", but it seems like "make" also can be possible.

    Is "make" okay?

    Thank you!

    OP
    Hi,
    You can't "make a cause", you can make a 'fuss', a 'noise', even a cake"
    You can "be" a cause of something.

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