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    drive/make sb mad

    I can't stand the noise outside .It's nearly____me mad.

    a. made

    b. making

    c. driven

    d. driving

    e. any better suggestions?

    Please pick all possible choice(s) and explain your answer(s).

    Thanks

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    Re: drive/make sb mad

    not a teacher

    I can't stand the noise outside. It makes me mad. (I think 'nearly' is not preferred, English language tends to exaggerate)

    I can't stand the noise outside. It is very annoying.
    I can't stand the noise outside. It drives me up the wall.
    I can't stand the noise outside. It gets on my nerves.

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    Re: drive/make sb mad

    Makes me mad = Causes me to be angry.
    Drives me mad = Causes me to go crazy.

    {not a teacher, and an Amerian speaker to boot - this may not apply to British English}

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    Re: drive/make sb mad

    Hi BD.

    You wrote:
    Makes me mad = Causes me to be angry.
    Drives me mad = Causes me to go crazy.

    What's the difference between 'to be angry' and 'to go crazy'?

    What's your choice(s)? a - d


    Thanks for the reply.

    ________
    crazy - angry, annoyed (from Longman)
    Turn that music down. It's driving me crazy (=really annoying me)!
    Dad will go crazy when he hears about this.

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    Re: drive/make sb mad

    Quote Originally Posted by Nefertiti View Post
    Hi BD.

    You wrote:
    Makes me mad = Causes me to be angry.
    Drives me mad = Causes me to go crazy.

    What's the difference between 'to be angry' and 'to go crazy'?

    What's your choice(s)? a - d


    Thanks for the reply.

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    crazy - angry, annoyed (from Longman)
    Turn that music down. It's driving me crazy (=really annoying me)!
    Dad will go crazy when he hears
    about this.

    In British English "angry" is used rather than "mad". Mad means insane.

    So in your original question,
    "I can't stand the noise outside. It's nearly (driving) me mad."
    The speaker is saying that, it (the noise) is nearly driving him/her insane.

    Incidentally, I would choose "driving me mad" it's a strong collocation in Brit. English. Also I would like to say that "nearly driving me mad." is a perfect example of British understatement.

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    Re: drive/make sb mad

    In British English "angry" is used rather than "mad". Mad means insane.
    Mad also means angry. Or is it American English?

    from dictionary.com:
    mad adj
    1. mentally disturbed; deranged; insane; demented.
    2. enraged; greatly provoked or irritated; angry.

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    Re: drive/make sb mad

    I can't stand the noise outside. It's nearly____me mad.

    a. made <It is made me mad>

    b. making <It is *nearly making me mad; angry> It is almost making me mad.

    c. driven <It is driven me mad>

    d. driving <It is driving me mad; insane>

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    Re: drive/make sb mad

    Sorry for not replying sooner.
    You asked about the difference between angry and crazy - I hope you got the answer from the prior posters.

    In the US, you do hear "You're making me mad" to mean "You are causing me to feel angry about this" without the sense of "driving me crazy/insane."

    On the other hand, you also hear "You're mad" to mean "You're insane."

    You have to determine the meaning from context. With the noise example, it could be either. You could be angry that it's so noisy, or you could be on the brink of insanity from the incessant, loud noise.

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    Re: drive/make sb mad

    Hi, BD or Soup.

    I can't stand the noise outside .It's nearly____me mad.

    a. made

    b. making

    c. driven

    d. driving

    So, b and d would be your choices.

    b It is nearly making me mad. --- mad means angry,
    except Soup doesn't like 'nearly'. nearly ---> almost

    d. It is nearly driving me mad --- mad means insane

    What about a and c?

    a. It's (=has) nearly made me mad.
    c. It's (=has) nearly driven me mad.

    Do they both sound OK to you native speakers?

    Thanks

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    Re: drive/make sb mad

    ...nearly making me mad -- sound very off to me. It's either making you angry or not, but not nearly making you angry.

    ... driven me mad -- this could work - it's brought me right the edge of madness/insanity.

    ... driving me mad -- the noise is so intense that's it's almost enough to make me insane.

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