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    Usage of 'make friendship'

    I made friendship with a lot of girls.

    can someone please tell me if the expression make friendship exists? What collocates well with friendship?


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    Re: Usage of 'make friendship'

    Quote Originally Posted by daemon99 View Post
    I made friendship with a lot of girls.

    can someone please tell me if the expression make friendship exists? What collocates well with friendship?
    The sentence sounds awkward.
    I would say: "I made friends with a lot of girls."

    be / make friends (with sb) to be/become a friend of sb: We’ve been friends for years. They had a quarrel, but they’re friends again now. Simon finds it hard to make friends with other children.


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    Re: Usage of 'make friendship'

    Quote Originally Posted by daemon99 View Post
    I made friendship with a lot of girls.

    can someone please tell me if the expression make friendship exists?
    Yes.
    You can safely say these:

    - make a friendship with sy
    - develop a friendship with sy
    - cement a friedship with sy
    - strike up a friendship with sy
    - establish a friendship with sy
    - start up a friendship with sy
    - strike up a friendship with sy
    - form a friendship with sy
    - promote a friendship with sy
    - cultivate a friendship with sy
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    Re: Usage of 'make friendship'

    And if you want collocations with the words immediately to the left (without the intervening "a"), your best bet is an adjective:

    a firm friendship
    a lifelong friendship
    an undying friendship
    a stable friendship
    a lasting friendship
    ...etc.

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    Re: Usage of 'make friendship'

    Thanks to all of you!

    Can I take it that make friendship is wrong while make a friendship is acceptable?

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    Re: Usage of 'make friendship'

    Quote Originally Posted by daemon99 View Post
    Thanks to all of you!

    Can I take it that make friendship is wrong while make a friendship is acceptable?
    It's acceptable in the right context, but it might not mean what you want it to mean. If you make friends with someone, that's what you do. Or if you do it in a scheming way (with a secret motive that the other person doesn't know about) you make a friend of someone: 'He escaped from the prison by making a friend of one of the guards and...'

    But 'While she was away she made a proper friendship at last after years of having no proper friends' that's OK.

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