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Hi,

She makes every effort to expand her knowledge.

Please make every effort to be at the meeting on time.

Does 'make every effort' sound natural in these sentences above?

Thanks a lot.
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I've heard it all my life. Perhaps, conversationally, it would be more common among old farts like myself; but in formal usage it's quite common.

Google - "make every effort to" 5,050,000
"makes" 952,000
"made" 815,000
AnonymousDoes 'make every effort' sound natural in these sentences above?
Perfectly natural. Emotion: smile
CJ
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Hi Avangi and CJ,

Thank you both very much for your kind replies. Do these expressions also sound natural in the sentences below? For example:
Sentence A
1.She does all she can to expand her knowledge.
2.She does her best to expand her knowledge.
3.She tries her best to expand her knowledge.
4.She does her utmost to expand her knowledge.
5.She spares no effort to expand her knowledge.
6.She makes an effort to expand her knowledge.
7.She tries as hard as possible to expand her knowledge.

Sentence B
1.Please do all you can to be at the meeting on time.
2.Please do your best to be at the meeting on time.
3.Please try your best to be atthe meeting on time.
4.Please do your utmost to be at the meeting on time.
5.Please spare no effort to be at the meeting on time.
6.Please make an effort to be at the meeting on time.
7.Please try as hard as possible to be at the meeting on time.

What is the subtle differences among these expressions and 'make every effort' here?

Thanks a lot.
They are all natural. Except for the literal differences (between trying and doing, for example), the only real difference is register. I've given register estimates below. These are my estimates. Other speakers may have different estimates. There is no science involved in it.

See taken into the court.
try as hard as possible 1.9
do all you can 2.2

try your best 2.4
do your best 2.4

make an effort 2.6

spare no effort 2.8

do your utmost 3.2
CJ
Hi, thank you very much for the reply, CJ.
Could you explain what 'taken into the court' mean and what does the number mean like 1.9, 2.2 etc.?

And what do you mean by 'register' here?

Thanks a lot.
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Hi CJ,
How about 'make every effort'? What register is it? Thanks!
Anonymousmake every effort
I would estimate that it's about the same as for 'make an effort' (about 2.6).

CJ
HI, CJ

"He devote one hundred percent of his effort to ......"

Does it sound nature? I mean in formal writing.
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