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    Resistant vs. resist: is 2) acceptable? Why and why not?

    1) Drug A makes the virus resistant to Drug B.
    2) Drug A makes the virus to resist to Drug B.

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    Re: Resistant vs. resist: is 2) acceptable? Why and why not?

    #2 is not acceptable. It's just not English.

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    Re: Resistant vs. resist: is 2) acceptable? Why and why not?

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    #2 is not acceptable. It's just not English.
    Thanks.

    I felt 2) was awkward as well. I just don't know why. I believe the reason behind this grammatical phenomenon must be interesting.

    Would some one like to explain?

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    Re: Resistant vs. resist: is 2) acceptable? Why and why not?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
    I felt 2) was awkward as well. I just don't know why. I believe the reason behind this grammatical phenomenon must be interesting.

    Would some one like to explain?
    Which of the four words 'it is not English' do you not understand?

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    Re: Resistant vs. resist: is 2) acceptable? Why and why not?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Which of the four words 'it is not English' do you not understand?
    Well, I rewrite it as "Drug A makes the virus resist Drug B."
    Is this acceptable?

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    Re: Resistant vs. resist: is 2) acceptable? Why and why not?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
    Well, I rewrite it as "Drug A makes the virus resist Drug B."
    Is this acceptable?
    It's OK but we don't generally talk about drugs resisting something. It also doesn't mean the same thing. "Drug A makes the virus resist Drug B" means that drug A forces the virus to resist drug B. It sounds like the virus has no choice and it must now actively resist drug B.

    "Resistant to" means that it is unaffected by drug B.

    The usual usage in medicine is "resistant to" as you used in your first sentence. I really don't think you can improve upon "Drug A makes the virus resistant to Drug B".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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