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ESL forum > Grammar and Linguistics > make an effort or take an effort?    

make an effort or take an effort?


make an effort or take an effort?
Hello, I need help! Which is correct "take an effort" or "make an effort"? Or both variants are possible. Thanks in advance)

24 Jan 2015      


I would go with "make an effort". it �s a common collocation.

24 Jan 2015     

United Kingdom

Yes, make an effort.

24 Jan 2015     


In your phrase "take an effort", the "take" is a substitution for "require" ie "It will require (take) an effort".
"Make an effort" basically means "try harder" or invest smoe time/energy in an endeavour, as in "I will have to make an effort to finish my work on time.
Both phrases are correct in context but not directly interchangeable.

24 Jan 2015     

United Kingdom

Good point, Mattsui.

25 Jan 2015