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    #1

    to beckon vs to motion

    to beckon someone to do something

    to motion someone to do something


    Do they have the same meaning and the same use in everyday's English? Are they both commonly used?

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    Re: to beckon vs to motion

    The phrase is everyday English.

    (Neither phrase is quite like anything I have run across before)

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    Re: to beckon vs to motion

    The "Motion" one makes sense to me.

    If you "wave someone over" you have motioned for that person to come to you. You can motion for someone to go in a certain direction, fix their zipper, wipe the smudge off their cheek and all sorts of things.

    "Beckon" means only to ask them to come to you.
    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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