Please imagine a girl that has recently gone through some emotional problems which occured between she and her boyfriend; they are about to break up now, but they have not cut ties yet! The girl feels so depressed and opens her heart to a wise friend who had experienced ups and downs of life! In order to avoid emotional damages, the friend is fiving some advices now:

  • Whereas a girl is more sensitive and emotional most of the times, it is not surprising that she depends / becomes dependent / gets dependent more quickly!

The girl accepts her friend's statement and says:

  • Yes! My mom warned my: don't depend on him that much / don't become dependent on him that much / don't get dependent on him that much.

My question is that which one of the similar bold alternatives above sound natural and idiomatic on my scenario?
I'm asking this question because when I was surfing on the Internet I couln't find any hit about it!


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I don't think "that much" works very well in any of your sentences, so I suggest

Don't depend on him too much.

Don't become too dependent on him.

  • thank you very much for your informative response; just in order to reassure me, I would appreciate it if you let me know whether according to what you mentioned, these sentences sound natural and idiomatic: (A girl becomes dependent so quickly) = (A girl depend so quickly)
    – A-friend
    Apr 3, 2019 at 21:43
  • The first is OK, not the second. Apr 3, 2019 at 21:52
  • thank you, but may I know why? Maybe just because of the missing "s" after "depend"!
    – A-friend
    Apr 3, 2019 at 22:50
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    Not just that, but the verb has no object. The girl depends on something. Apr 3, 2019 at 23:24

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