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A dialog in the ESL book I'm using reads:

A: Why do you like to exercise right before a meal?
B: Because that helps make appetite grow stronger.

My concerns:

1. Isn't the combination of helps and make in this sentence a little tautological? Can we just use makes instead?
2. Is the predicate "grow strong(er)" appropriate for the subject "appetite"? Are there other better sounding alternatives?

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Hi,

A dialog in the ESL book I'm using reads:

A: Why do you like to exercise right before a meal?

B: Because that helps make appetite grow stronger.

My concerns:

1. Isn't the combination of helps and make in this sentence a little tautological? Can we just use makes instead? 'Helps' suggests there are also other factors that make appetite stronger.

2. Is the predicate "grow strong(er)" appropriate for the subject "appetite"? Are there other better sounding alternatives? The whole sentence is unnatural. More natural is

eg B: Because it makes me hungrier.

eg B: Because it gives me a better appetite.

Clive
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Many thanks, lagataw!Emotion: smile I'll do my best to help you in future as well. However, since English isn't my native language, I'll have to concentrate on things I know something about. That means I'll leave most of the questions dealing with correct usage of vocabulary and idioms to the natives.

CB
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CliveHelps' suggests there are also other factors that make appetite stronger.
This makes things clearer.

Thanks again.
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