Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

make an effort

make an effort
1) try to do something, particularly if it is difficult
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    • make an effort to do the work/get along with someone
  • Analysis

    To make an effort means to attempt to do something very well even though it is difficult or challenging or you are not feeling motivated. 

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I don't like my friend's girlfriend, but I promised him that I would make an effort to get along with her so I agreed to invite her to the pub with us.
    2. My sister lives on the other side of the country, so I appreciated her making the effort to come and visit me.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. John couldn't guarantee that he'd have all the work done by the deadline, but he promised his boss that he would make every effort to do so.
    2. A potential client is attending the game on Saturday so we need to make an effort to make contact with them while they are in town.
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