Let's say Tesla made the 'Roadster's first public appearance 2 years ago. Which is correct:

Tesla's 'Roadster' made its DEBUT 2 years ago.


Tesla's 'Roadster' DEBUTED 2 years ago.

Which one of these is more natural-sounding or correct?

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    One is noun the other is a verb. Both are correct and sound equally natural to me. – Jason Bassford Aug 28 '18 at 19:18
  • Nice, phew, I thought I would never be able to correctly use it. – John Arvin Aug 28 '18 at 19:49
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    . . . and 33 minutes later I see a typo in my original comment. ;) – Jason Bassford Aug 28 '18 at 19:53
  • Oh another thing, you can see the word 'Roadster's in the very first sentence right, should it be 'Roadster's' or just leave it as it is coz' it's correct? – John Arvin Aug 28 '18 at 20:09
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    It's a generic term (a mass noun), so it's not being used in a countable sense. Leaving it as singular is fine. – Jason Bassford Aug 28 '18 at 20:10

Either of them works.

"made its debut" uses debut as a noun - to mean the public releasing of something new in a celebratory manner or something like that. "they're planning the debut" uses the word this way.

"it debuted" is using debuted as the past tense of the verb debut - "it's debuting later today" uses the word the same way.

"debuted" seems to be slightly more popular than "made its debut", at least according to Google Ngrams:

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