[Grammar] make something do more than it is able to do

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strain something

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

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https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/strain_1?q=strain
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If I write '[FONT=Verdana, Arial, Tahoma, Calibri, Geneva, sans-serif]to try to make something do more than it is able to' ([/FONT]omit[FONT=Verdana, Arial, Tahoma, Calibri, Geneva, sans-serif] 'do'), is it acceptable?

[/FONT]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/dictionary/english/digest

As you can see, some words after 'they were originally published' are omitted.
 

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Yes, it's okay.
 

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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?
 
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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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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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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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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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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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'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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