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    Bassim is offline VIP Member
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    Drive someone potty

    I have tried to use "drive someone potty". Would you please correct my mistakes?

    Michael hardly opened the newspaper when the voices from the nearby tables drove him potty. He got up, shoved the newspaper into the pocket of his jacket, and stomped out of the café.

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    Re: Drive someone potty

    The first verb should be in the past perfect. Drove him potty isn't used in American English and looks out of place to me. But reading it as drove him crazy, you need a different tense there, too. I'd write Mike had hardly opened his newspaper before the chatter at the nearby tables began to drive him crazy.
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    Re: Drive someone potty

    The phrase "drive/drove him potty" is fine in BrE. However, I'd have used "... when the voices from the nearby tables started to drive him potty".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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