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bihunsedap
Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 9:07:30 AM

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"I want to do magic tricks. I want to make it become a duck." He told me while holding a toy.

Does the make here used correctly?
Elorac
Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 9:24:36 AM
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I want to change this into a duck, might sound better.
Romany
Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 11:00:16 AM
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As Elorac says, he could also have used the word "change".

But what he did say is perfectly fine and natural.

Is he starting to learn English at school yet, or is he still too little to begin? From your posts, it looks as though he is rapidly picking up the language - whether from you or from movies, or from school.

You're doing a great job there, Bihunsedap!
NKM
Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 1:33:34 PM

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Another choice would be "I want to turn it into a duck."

But "… make it become …" is grammatically correct, though it's unusually formal.

bihunsedap
Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 11:09:50 PM

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Romany wrote:
As Elorac says, he could also have used the word "change".

But what he did say is perfectly fine and natural.

Is he starting to learn English at school yet, or is he still too little to begin? From your posts, it looks as though he is rapidly picking up the language - whether from you or from movies, or from school.

You're doing a great job there, Bihunsedap!


Now is KG1. Learning English.

Thanks all.
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