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    #1

    quick question

    "Bad driving habits make automobiles the most dangerous means of transport."

    is there something wrong with this sentence? I'm writing an essay and my friend told me that I cant use "make" here and should use "cause" instead and reconstruct my sentence.

    thank you in advance...

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    #2

    Re: quick question

    It's fine.

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    Re: quick question

    Quote Originally Posted by woozda View Post
    "Bad driving habits make automobiles the most dangerous means of transport."

    Is there something wrong with this sentence? I'm writing an essay and my friend told me that I can't use "make" here and should use "cause" instead and reconstruct my sentence.

    Thank you in advance.
    Welcome to the forum.

    Your sentence is correct. Please note my amendments in red. It's important to use correct punctuation and capitalisation in written English.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: quick question

    It's fine. To use cause, it would have to say something like: "Bad habits cause automobiles to be the most dangerous means of transport."

    Your way is better.

    You're welcome!

    Charlie

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    #5

    Re: quick question

    Thank you for your replies. I'm taking an advanced writing course and actually it was my instructor who told me my sentence is not correct . Talk about inadequate professors.

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    #6

    Re: quick question

    Is your teacher a native English speaker?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

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    No, she's Arab (Lebanese).

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    Re: quick question

    It would have been helpful if you had said in your first "My teacher/instructor (a non-native speaker) told me ...", rather than "My friend told me ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: quick question

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It would have been helpful if you had said in your first "My teacher/instructor (a non-native speaker) told me ...", rather than "My friend told me ...".
    Sorry but I don't want the answers to be biased. I know all of you will always try to be as honest and helpful as possible and wont intentionally alter your answers but it all happens subconsciously.

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    Re: quick question

    Do you think we would alter our answers if we thought we were contradicting a non-native teacher?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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