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    #1

    Put a lot of effort

    Which one of these sentences look more natural? "I didn't put a lot of effort into getting higher mark." "I didn't put a lot of effort to get higher mark."

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    #2

    Re: Put a lot of effort

    Neither of those looks or sounds natural.

    'I didn't put a lot of effort into getting a higher mark.'

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    Re: Put a lot of effort

    If you want to use "to get", then say "I didn't make a lot of effort to get a higher mark".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: Put a lot of effort

    I'd be happier with Rover's suggestion. I agree that make is a strong collocation with effort, but so is 'put a lot of ... into'

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    PS These came from BNC:

    'make an ...' expressions with more than 50 hits:

    1 MAKE AN ORDER 120
    2 MAKE AN APPOINTMENT 101
    3 MAKE AN EFFORT 89
    4 MAKE AN IMPACT 72
    5 MAKE AN OFFER 68
    ... etc etc
    'make the ...' expressions with more than 50 hits:

    1 MAKE THE POINT 136
    2 MAKE THE DECISION 90
    3 MAKE THE MISTAKE 66
    4 MAKE THE EFFORT 63
    5 MAKE THE FINAL 63
    6 MAKE THE RIGHT 62
    7 MAKE THE DIFFERENCE 61
    8 MAKE THE GRADE 52
    ... etc etc.
    The numbers here (for 'put a lot of *') are much smaller, but 'effort' is by far the most common:

    1 PUT A LOT OF EFFORT 11
    2 PUT A LOT OF TIME 7
    3 PUT A LOT OF WORK 7
    4 PUT A LOT OF MONEY 6
    5 PUT A LOT OF PRESSURE 4
    6 PUT A LOT OF THOUGHT 4
    7 PUT A LOT OF MILK 2
    8 PUT A LOT OF PEOPLE 2
    9 PUT A LOT OF EMPHASIS 2
    10 PUT A LOT OF ENERGY 2
    11 PUT A LOT OF FAITH 2
    ... etc. These are the only ones with more than a single hit.
    Last edited by BobK; 24-Jun-2013 at 22:07. Reason: Added PS

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    #5

    Re: Put a lot of effort

    I wonder if there are any cultural conclusions to be drawn from these COCA examples:

    1 PUT A LOT OF PRESSURE 89
    2 PUT A LOT OF MONEY 58
    3 PUT A LOT OF TIME 52
    4 PUT A LOT OF EFFORT 50
    ...
    Do American speakers tend to say more about pressure, money, and time than about effort, whereas among speakers of Br E effort comes way out in front (Just wondering...)

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