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    Made such an impression

    I am wondering which of these sentences sound better. Generally speaking, is it better to use a verb or a noun? Would you please correct my mistakes?

    1.Anna had made such an impression on her boss that he had decided to give her immediately a pay rise.
    2.Anna had impressed her boss so much that he had decided to give her immediately a pay rise.

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    Re: Made such an impression

    In made an impression, the 'impression' can be positive or negative. We don't know which until some adjective is added (a bad impression/ a good impression) or, as in your example, another clause clarifies.

    Impressed is generally assumed to be good unless some negative adverb is added.

    Your two examples are pretty much the same in the first clause. It's in the second where improvement can be made. There are two verbs: decided and to give, and 'immediately' would work with either, so it's tricky to write the sentence to make it clear which verb the adverb 'immediately' modifies. You have done it the best you could, but better still to use an adjective to modify raise:

    Anna had impressed her boss so much that he (had) decided to give her an immediate pay raise.

    Note also I substituted raise for rise. Perhaps that's a difference between BE and AE (raise in AE).

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    Re: Made such an impression

    Quote Originally Posted by J&K Tutoring View Post
    Perhaps that's a difference between BE and AE (raise in AE).
    It's rise in British English.

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