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Dear Ted:

Are the following statements correct?

1) The High-Intensity Workout That GETS You Lean in a Hurry.

2) The High-Intensity Workout That MAKES You Lean in a Hurry.

If both are possible, do they mean the same thing?

If not, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

BTW, is it correct to define them as "statements" or should I have call them "headlines"?

Many, many thanks for your kind help.

Paolo

P.S. Do you "define something as XYZ" or do you "define them XYZ (No "as")?

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Dear Paolo:

Are the following statements correct?

1) The High-Intensity Workout That GETS You Lean in a Hurry.

2) The High-Intensity Workout That MAKES You Lean in a Hurry.

If both are possible, do they mean the same thing?

*** They mean the same thing.

If not, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

**** "Makes" is an active verb.  "Gets" is somewhat passive, as if someone or something else has "gotten" you that way.

GETS -- Mary GETS sick when she travels by plane.

MAKES -- Traveling by plane MAKES Mary sick.

GETS -- I GOT a nice cake for my birthday.

MAKES -- My mother MADE me a nice cake for my birthday.

GETS -- John GETS to shoot for extra points, because he was fouled by an opponent.

MAKES -- John is incredible:  He MAKES extra points with never a miss.



BTW, is it correct to define them as "statements" or should I have call them "headlines"?

*** They appear to be promotions for a particular workout routine.  I would call them "statements."

Many, many thanks for your kind help.

Paolo

P.S. Do you "define something as XYZ" or do you "define them XYZ (No "as")?

*** "Define them AS . . . "

Ted

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