I did a test and it had a sentence

  • We make tours of haunted house. (we visit a haunted house - as i understood)

Is it correct? Other answer is "We make parts of haunted house" (We decorate our house as a haunted house)

This is the passage:

In many Western countries, people (19)_______ Halloween on October 31st. The word Halloween (20)________ from “All Hallows’ Eve”. It is the night before All Saints’ Day, a religious holiday in some parts of the world. On this night, children dress up in special costumes, put (21)________ masks, and go door to door saying “trick-or-treat” to get candy. Many people decorate their homes with paper ghosts, black cats or witches to give their houses a (22) _______ look. People also decorate their homes with jack-o-lanterns. They carve scary faces on pumpkins, and (23)_____ candles inside the pumpkins. In some places, both children and adults can make (24)______ of haunted houses. They all seem very excited about the festival.

24. A. parts     B. tours     C. turns     D. prizes

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    What is it that you are trying to say? Are you trying to say that you and your friends visit houses which are reputed to be haunted? Or perhaps you and your business associates organize tours of haunted houses. As for the "other answer", what do you mean by "parts" of a haunted house? Doors, windows, and rooms are parts of houses. Please edit your question so that it will be clearer. – David42 Jun 2 '17 at 13:44
  • We go on tours of haunted houses. To go on a tour, no making. – Lambie Jun 2 '17 at 14:21
  • @Lambie - I've heard "make tours" before (though usually in the past tense, e.g., "They made tours of Italy and Greece."). It may be rare or perhaps a little stilted, but I would have no problem with, "Every year, my wife and I make tours of haunted houses." – J.R. Jun 2 '17 at 15:32
  • @J.R. Make tours is not correct for tourism contexts. Every years, my wife and I go on tours of haunted houses. Now, you might say: We made a tour of the facilities. But not for trips and tourism. – Lambie Jun 2 '17 at 15:53
  • @Lambie - Chamberlain made tours of Oahu in 1826 and 1828 and wrote fairly detailed descriptions of the districts he visited. Two particular travellers, who made tours of Scotland and Wales in the Romantic period, Jonathan Gray and Anne Lister, have left us rich sources for this studying this aspect of tour writing. I'd accept if you said this wording was awkward, stilted, dated, or rare, but I have trouble with "not correct." – J.R. Jun 2 '17 at 19:27

The original passage is on this site: https://www.kantas.gr/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/HF14_ENGLISH_2.pdf

It said that: "In some places, both children and adults can take tours of haunted houses.", so that I think the test we did this morning was wrong :P My teachers is arguing over this, most of them agree with the answer "tours". enter image description here

  • I agree that "take tours of" sounds much more like everyday English than "make tours of," even if both could be regarded as grammatical. – J.R. Jun 2 '17 at 15:34
  • Take tours is correct here. Make tours would be a mistake here. For sure. – Lambie Jun 2 '17 at 19:13
  • It looks like the test contains a typo. There isn't really a good or right answer in that case. – fixer1234 Jul 4 '17 at 18:39

If the choice is between tours of the haunted house and parts of it, the correct answer is almost certainly tours.

However, it's not idiomatic to say: We make tours if the meaning intended is we offer tours. That's to say that a company that sells tours of a haunted house would be offering tours rather than making tours.

It is people/tourists who make tours but they would be unlikely to speak of themselves as making tours of a haunted house. They might make a visit to a haunted house. They would make tours of a region or of castles or some other attraction - meaning to visit a number of such places.

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