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Quick Write 062411 “make advances” or “make advance”?

If this title brings you either a happy smile or a bitter smile, you must’ve taken TOEIC in May. Yes, this phrase threw me into agonizing contemplation and cornered me into choosing the wrong answer that I would never ever choose in sanity. Usually, “make advances” means “hitting on someone” or “making personal overtures in an attempt to become friendly, gain a favor”. But on TOEIC test items, the subject would never ever be a guy who’s interested in a gorgeous female colleague working in the next partition and seeking an opportunity to ask her out. I searched the phrase on the web and discovered that both “make advances” and “make advance” are commonly used even in a business context. Regarding “make advance”, I noticed that an article and an adjective are attached in multiple example sentences, such as “a significant advance” or “a remarkable advance”. Then it makes me wonder if “subject + make(s) + (no adjective) advance” sounds natural to native speakers. It should be a good research question to English learners, I think. “make + plural nouns or singular nouns“ is always a source of serious contemplation to me. For instance, “make efforts” or “make effort” or “make an (adjective) effort”. I already checked “make progress” is commonly used, but “make progresses” is rarely seen in example sentences. Oh yes, English is a great mystery. That’ why I’m so attracted and so intrigued…

(5 min for brainstorming / 10+5 min for writing / 236 words)

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