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  1. Boris Tatarenko's Avatar
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    make yourself friends

    Hello.

    Several days ago I found an awesome song on Youtube. The singer sings in English, he's not a native speaker of English though.
    Could you please tell me if the phrase "make yourself friends" sounds good to you? I'm sure we normally say "go and make some friends".

    (listen 00:20-00:30)

    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    Re: make yourself friends

    First of all, thanks for posting this. I've been hearing this song on the radio, but didn't know what it was called or who sang it.

    To answer your question, yes it's a natural expression. You'll hear other similar variation using 'go make yourself/myself (some) X.' Using the reflexive pronoun just sort of emphasizes the fact that the person in question is responsible for making the desired action happen.

    'go make myself some money'
    'go make yourself a drink'
    'go make ourselves some food'

    Edit: Note that at about 0:59 , he recalls his dad saying "go get yourself a wife or you'll be lonely"
    Last edited by Skrej; 08-Jul-2016 at 15:55. Reason: adding info
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    #3

    Re: make yourself friends

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    The singer sings in English, he's not a native speaker of English though.
    Your signature says 'correct all my mistakes', and I consider the above a comma splice, a sentence error.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: make yourself friends

    Good try, Matthew, though in fact, its not.

    I think moving 'though' will make it clear.

    'The singer sings in English, though he's not a native speaker of English.'

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    #5

    Re: make yourself friends

    I'm inclined to agree with Matthew on this point. 'Though' in the original is an adverb. In your, different, sentence, it's a conjunction.

    You could put a full stop after 'English' in the original, and make two sentences. You could not do this in your version.

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