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    make advance

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    He tried to make advance to the girl but failed completely.

    make advance = flirt

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    V

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    Re: make advance

    make advances to is usually stronger than flirt. It implies that the person attempts to start some form of sexual relatuinship.

    I know that when flirt has been taken into use in other languages it can mean a variety of things, but in BrE it usually implies that the person apparently attempting to start some form of romantic or sexual relationship does not seriously desire this.

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    Re: make advance

    Not a teacher

    "Make a move on" OR just "move on" is also commonly used (in informal speech) -at least that's what I usually use. However, there are plenty of ways to say it in slang.
    Last edited by philadelphia; 23-Oct-2010 at 13:15.

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    #4

    Re: make advance

    Hi fivejedjon,

    Thank you for your modification.

    I see what you mean.

    I know, there is another meaning of the key expression namely “make advance = make an attempt, make an effort, endeavor, make a move”

    Frederic had some time before made advance towards reconciliation with Voltaire. (Th. Macaulay, “Critical, Historical and Miscellaneous Essays”)

    For me "He made advances to her" means "he made an effort to become friendly or to enter in negotiations|

    Thank you for your kindness.

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 23-Oct-2010 at 13:26.

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    #5

    Re: make advance

    '...make advance' is not a key expression. It's 'make advances.

    The Macaulay quote should read

    'Frederic had some time before made advances towards reconciliation with Voltaire.' (Th. Macaulay, “Critical, Historical and Miscellaneous Essays”)

    For me "He made advances to her" means "he made an effort to become friendly or to enter in negotiations".
    Please yourself about that. Fivejedjon has already told you how most native speakers would understand it.

    Rover

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