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    make much of an impression

    The other actors donít make much of an impression. (Going to Pains for Love in a Flashy Urban Jungle By Rachel Saltz)

    Can I say "...make much impression"?
    If I make any mistakes in English, please let me know!

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    Re: make much of an impression

    No.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: make much of an impression

    Why is "of" needed here?
    Sometimes I don't know when to use "of"
    For example, we say " it doesn't make sense" but not "it doesn't make much of sense"
    If I make any mistakes in English, please let me know!

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    Re: make much of an impression

    Think of this as an example of the semi-fixed phrase [not] much of a. The meaning is something similar to 'to a small extent', which I presume is clear enough from the context you've provided.

    Since the final word of this phrase is an indefinite article, the following word must be a singular countable noun.
    Last edited by jutfrank; 13-Jan-2021 at 22:53.

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    Re: make much of an impression

    Quote Originally Posted by Maybo View Post
    The other actors don’t make much of an impression.
    Quote Originally Posted by Maybo View Post
    Why is "of" needed here? . . . For example, we say " it doesn't make sense" but not "it doesn't make much of sense"
    "Of" is used when the noun phrase following "much" is an indefinite noun phrase headed by a count noun:

    (1a) It isn't much of a problem.
    (1b) *It isn't much problem.

    "Of" is not used between "much" and the following noun phrase when that noun phrase is an indefinite noun phrase headed by a noncount noun:

    (2a) *It isn't much of trouble.
    (2b) It isn't much trouble.

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