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    to make a point of doing something

    1) I make a point of going to your party on Saturday
    2) I make a point of you going to my party on Saturday
    3) I make a point of your going to my party on Saturday
    Are sentences 2 and 3 right? If so, what do they mean?

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    Re: to make a point of doing something

    The meaning of "make a point to" in this sort of context means "I will ensure that it happens."

    Your original sentence should be either "I will make a point" or "I made a point" depending on whether Saturday's party is in the future or was in the past.

    The other two don't work because you can't ensure the other person comes to your party. "I will make a point to call you to remind you to come to my party" would work, but you can't make a point to have someone else do something.

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    Re: to make a point of doing something

    Can I say either make a point of doing something or make a point to do something without a change in meaning? Would it mean the same as IŽll make sure Ill go to the party on Saturday?

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    Re: to make a point of doing something

    Yes and yes.

    Be aware of the other meaning of "make a point to" and that's to do something in a manner that deliberately draws attention to it.

    She made a point of hugging Maria when she entered the room to counter the rumors that they were feuding.

    She made a point of using her left hand for everything she did that day to show off her new engagement ring.

    So "I'll make a point of attending" could mean that I will parachute down wearing a bright orange jump suit and land in the middle of the party. It's not a likely meaning... but the "make a point of doing X" could be interpretted as the "be obvious" meaning.

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