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    Re: Is make a linking verb in make sure?

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    (1) First, congratulations! It's great that you keep asking until you are satisfied with the answers.

    (2) I'm sure some of the great teachers will soon be right along with the answers. (NOTE: I could not say "I will make sure some of the great ....)

    (3) I'm probably wrong, but this is how I interpret those two sentences:

    (a) We are (linking verb) sure that you will enjoy your visit. = We are confident that ....

    (b) We will make sure that .... = We will do everything in our power to guarantee that ...


    What do you think?

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    Re: Is make a linking verb in make sure?

    Quote Originally Posted by dawnngcm View Post
    In other words, the general grammatical rules may not applicable to the verbal idioms like make sure.
    It's not really that general rules do not apply to them. It's more that their usage patterns don't fit neatly into any of the classes that the patterns of most verbs fit into.
    Are ordinary dictionaries enough to include most common idioms and their usage examples?
    A good advanced learner's dictionary will list the most common idioms and give example sentences containing them

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    Re: Is make a linking verb in make sure?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    It's not really that general rules do not apply to them...... .A good advanced learner's dictionary will list the most common idioms and give example sentences containing them
    Many, many, many, many thanks! Teacher fivejedjon!


    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post

    (1) First, congratulations! It's great that you keep asking until you are satisfied with the answers.

    Ha! Ha! Actually, while I was thinking hard about those codes [SCV, SVC, object complement (adj.), etc.] and wondering how they worked, I drifted away unawares. It was very kind of emka and teacher fivejedjon to call me, so I woke from my contemplation.


    (a) We are (linking verb) sure that you will enjoy your visit. = We are confident that ....

    (b) We will make sure that .... = We will do everything in our power to guarantee that ...

    What do you think?

    is sure vs make sure

    After saw your points (a) and (b), I started doubting my choice in previous response. I surfed on internet and found these links.

    http://www.english-test.net/forum/ftopic29264.html

    http://www.englishpage.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-5584.html

    I have no thought now, I don’t know whether our teachers are still interested in guiding us in this long thread.

    Last edited by dawnngcm; 15-Oct-2011 at 15:27.

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