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    eye contact - Doing, Being, Giving, Making

    Hi,

    which one of the next gerunds Doing, Being, Giving, Making fits better here?

    "... eye contact makes you appear more confident, whilst glancing away at key points in the conversation or rolling your eyes can make you seem dishonest or bored."

    I would say that Giving in this situation fits the best way.

    How do you think?

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    Re: eye contact - Doing, Being, Giving, Making

    "Making" is the best. The others don't work.

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    Re: eye contact - Doing, Being, Giving, Making

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    "Making" is the best. The others don't work.
    So one more question. Wouldn't it be an error of style to use two times making and makes in the same sentence?
    In Russian it would be. In the view of grammar we are not allowed to use two and more words which contain the same lexical root in one sentence.

    And in English?

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    Re: eye contact - Doing, Being, Giving, Making

    That would depend on the sentence. There is no absolute rule prohibiting this.

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    Re: eye contact - Doing, Being, Giving, Making

    The problem is that 'make eye contact' is a set phrase, so if you feel you must avoid using 'make' twice in a row, then it's the second 'make' that you're going to have to change or reword.

    That being said, there isn't a rule prohibiting it as Mike said, nor does it particularly bother me.

    If it really bothers you, try something like "making eye contact gives a more confident appearance, while ...." or "making eye contact creates a more confident appearance, while...", or any number of similar variations.
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