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    bieasy is offline Senior Member
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    Cool do or make?

    Hi,

    Should I use does or makes in the follwing passage? And is the rest correct?

    He does translations from Chinese to English and vice versa.

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    Re: do or make?

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    Hi,

    Should I use does or makes in the follwing passage? And is the rest correct?

    He does translations from Chinese to English and vice versa.
    The primary meaning of "makes" is to build, construct, or shape. One can make a house bigger, but does translating.

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    Re: do or make?

    Can you change it to "He translates from Chinese to English" instead of using "translations" as a noun?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: do or make?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Can you change it to "He translates from Chinese to English" instead of using "translations" as a noun?
    That's what I would do.

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    Re: do or make?

    Yes, if it's more common.

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