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To Investigate and To Make an Investigation. Options
Blooper
Posted: Monday, October 18, 2010 6:12:01 AM
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I remember several years ago I watched a Hollywood movie. In a dialogue someone said "we are going to invest.. sorry, we are going to make an investigation..."
I am still wondering what the difference is. Why she corrected her words.
schrodinger's cat
Posted: Monday, October 18, 2010 6:51:23 AM
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I can't give much of an answer based on that, but I think they mean the same.

Perhaps the word "invest" slipped off her tongue instead of "investigate", so she corrected it, using "make an investigation" to add clarity. Or she coughed/something caught in her throat and then she randomly changed the phrasing.

I also get the feeling (I don't know if it's correct), that it's more likely that "to investigate" will be followed by an object, while "to make an investigation" can more easily stand on its own. A native speaker may confirm or deny this.
Blooper
Posted: Monday, October 18, 2010 7:16:01 AM
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No, she clearly as far as i can remember, wanted to say 'to investigate' then (i assumed) thought that was less proper. she spoke in front of important people, a major or such kind. i think it's something to do with formal or more formal words?
Blooper
Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 12:41:51 AM
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Although I am pretty sure it wasn't a slip off,
You might be right Nika.
Luftmarque
Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 4:30:12 AM

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Commonly it would be phrased "open an investigation" but I can't think why one would consider "investigate" to be dis-preferred, unless one wanted to make things sound more "official."
Blooper
Posted: Monday, October 25, 2010 7:40:26 AM
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I just had a thought.
does it make sense if I say it's something to do with statement verb and action verb?
"to have a look" and "to look"
"sit down" - "have a seat"
Blooper
Posted: Monday, October 25, 2010 7:45:01 AM
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bah! i know both are action verbs.
i can't express what i exactly thought.
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