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Hi,

1) Can you ‘put your back into doing something’ or only ‘into something’?

2) Is it possible to say ‘make an intervention’ instead of ‘intervene’?

Thank you.

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1) Yes

2) Yes. But I have only heard or read the phrase 'make an intervention' as a form of psycho/social jargon.

Clive

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Ann2251) Can you ‘put your back into doing something’ or only ‘into something’?

I think you can only put your back into "it". I would not say "He really put his back into his schoolwork." It has to be "He tried hard to get an A, and he really put his back into it."

Ann2252) Is it possible to say ‘make an intervention’ instead of ‘intervene’?

I guess so, if "intevention" is jargon you are using. They call it an intervention when a group of friends kidnaps an addict among them and gives him a good talking to, so they could be said to have made an intervention. I'm sure there are other uses.

Thank you. I have one small problem though. One of you is saying that 'put one's back into doing something' is possible, while the other disagrees. That doesn't help me make it clear in my head.

Ann225

Thank you. I have one small problem though. One of you is saying that 'put one's back into doing something' is possible, while the other disagrees. That doesn't help me make it clear in my head.

Sorry, but that is because it is not clear in anybody's head. I reported that anything but "it" sounds like a misuse of a stock expression to me. Others are fine with it. There is no one to say who is right or wrong. There are two ways of looking at it. One, if enough people say it a certain way, it becomes de facto correct (descriptivism). Or two, the highly literate among us censure uses for a good reason, and if you want to sound "correct" to them, you should listen (prescriptivism). You have no way of knowing how much credence to lend a stranger on the Internet, so you can do your own research by examining the corpus.

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