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The White House spokesman made it clear that the time of the election would not be changed.

Can I replace ‘made it clear’ by ‘convinced’?

  • Have you checked the definition of "to convince" in a dictionary? – Cardinal May 22 '19 at 14:24
  • I saw this sentence: The experts were now fully convinced that the animal was a puma. So, I felt this sentence can use convinced as well. – Y. zeng May 22 '19 at 14:26
  • @Cardinal Don't you think you're being a bit unfair, considering this is an SE for learning English? We can't expect all questions to be perfectly formed, and I was able to answer the question quite easily. Many things can be solved by correctly using a dictionary, however it is a skill few are properly taught. – Sam_Butler May 23 '19 at 8:33
  • @Y.zeng in relation to your puma sentence, consider who or what is doing the action compared to receiving the action. – Sam_Butler May 23 '19 at 8:34
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You cannot replace "made it clear" with "convinced" in this case.

To convince someone of something means to cause them to believe firmly in the truth of something, or to persuade them to do something.

When someone is convinced of something, it means they believe firmly that it is true or correct.

When someone makes something clear, they say something in a way that makes it impossible for there to be any doubt about their meaning, wishes, or intentions.

In this case, after the White House spokesperson has made it clear that the time of the election will not be changed, the people hearing this announcement might be convinced that there will be no change to the time of the election.

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