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the same as yours

Post by azz » Fri Oct 02, 2020 8:54 am

a. I want to make my house the same as yours.
b. I want to build my house the same as yours.


Are these sentences both grammatically correct and meaningful?
Do they mean the same?

I think (a) means that I want to transform my house in such a way that it becomes like yours. But could it mean the same as (b)?

Many thanks.
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Re: the same as yours

Post by Phil White » Fri Oct 02, 2020 1:48 pm

Sentence b makes little sense grammatically or in any other way.

"Make" is a transitive verb that can have an adjectival adjunct:

- I want to make my house comfortable.
- I want to make my house beautiful.

"... the same as yours." in sentence a is acting as an adjectival adjunct, so the sentence works.

"Build" is a transitive verb that can have a normal range of adverbial adjuncts, but it cannot have an adjectival adjunct.

- *I want to build my house comfortable.
- *I want to build my house beautiful.

This is why sentence b doesn't work.
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