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    #1

    make a statement , make statements

    Hi,



    Are "make a statement" and "make statements" interchangeable?
    If not, what does "make statements" mean?



    Thanks

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    #2

    Re: make a statement , make statements

    They are not interchangeable. One is singular, the other plural.


    The president will make a statement later today.
    The president and his guest will make statements later today.

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    Re: make a statement , make statements

    Thank you so much, But the problem is I can not find any difference between them. Could you please tell me how they are different in meaning?

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    #4

    Re: make a statement , make statements

    If the president and his guest make a statement, they jointly make one statement. (They are more likely to issue a joint statement.)

    If they make statements, they each make a statement,

    If one person makes statements, that person makes more than one statement.

    Perhaps you could give us a couple of examples of sentences that are troubling you.

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    #5

    Re: make a statement , make statements

    I've read that "make a statement" has another meaning, that's why I got confused:

    http://www.dictionary.com/browse/make-a-statement

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    Re: make a statement , make statements

    Well you should have given that link in post #1 so we would have known what you were talking about.

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    Re: make a statement , make statements

    I thought that it is used only as an idiom.

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    #8

    Re: make a statement , make statements

    As an idiom, to make a statement means to do something in a dramatic fashion such that it expresses a point of view. For example, When the city passed an ordinance requiring houses to be painted from a list of permitted colors, he made a statement by painting his in stripes.
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    #9

    Re: make a statement , make statements

    Quote Originally Posted by Sepmre View Post
    I thought that it is used only as an idiom.
    Then you should have posted it in the English Idioms and Sayings forum with the link you posted in post #5.

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    Re: make a statement , make statements

    Quote Originally Posted by Sepmre View Post
    I thought that it is used only as an idiom.
    It can be used literally and idiomatically.

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