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    make something do more than it is able to do

    strain
    verb

    strain something

    to try to make something do more than it is able to do

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    If I write 'to try to make something do more than it is able to' (omit 'do'), is it acceptable?

    I say so because I see below:

    In the Collins Dictionary:

    digest
    N-COUNT
    A digest is a collection of pieces of writing. They are published together in a shorter form than they were originally published.

    https://www.collinsdictionary.com/di...english/digest

    As you can see, some words after 'they were originally published' are omitted.
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    Re: make something do more than it is able to do

    Yes, it's okay.
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    Re: make something do more than it is able to do

    to try to make something do more than it is able to do
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    Does the 'do' in blue mean 'perform' or is it used to avoid repeating a full verb?
    Last edited by kadioguy; 08-Nov-2017 at 02:59.
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    Re: make something do more than it is able to do

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    to try to make something do more than it is able to do
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    Does the 'do' in blue mean 'perform' or is it used to avoid repeating a full verb?
    Since the verb being repeated is do, the question is moot.
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    Re: make something do more than it is able to do

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Since the verb being repeated is do, the question is moot.
    How about this sentence?

    'to try to make something run more than it is able to do'
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    a. the variant 'to try to make something run more than it is able to' (omit 'do') is also acceptable.
    b. the 'do' in blue is used to avoid repeating a full verb.

    I think a. and b. are both correct. Am I right?
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    Re: make something do more than it is able to do

    A could work as part of a complete sentence. I can't think of a sentence the original fragment could fit into.

    I see what you're getting at but these sentences don't work. We do use to do as a stand-in for other verbs. I just can't come up with a good example right now.
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    Re: make something do more than it is able to do

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    A could work as part of a complete sentence. I can't think of a sentence the original fragment could fit into.

    I see what you're getting at but these sentences don't work. We do use to do as a stand-in for other verbs. I just can't come up with a good example right now.
    How about this ?

    'I am
    trying to make my car run faster than it is able to do''

    a. the variant 'I am trying to make my car run faster than it is able to'(omit 'do') is also acceptable.
    b. the 'do' in blue is used to avoid repeating a full verb.
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    Re: make something do more than it is able to do

    I am trying to make my PC run faster than it is able to run.

    I would either use 'run' or omit it.
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    Re: make something do more than it is able to do

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    'I am trying to make my car run faster than it is able to do''

    a. the variant 'I am trying to make my car run faster than it is able to'(omit 'do') is also acceptable.
    b. the 'do' in blue is used to avoid repeating a full verb.
    Variant a is more natural, but b​ is possible and "do" does indeed replace the original verb, "run". I wouldn't describe that as a "full verb" though.
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