Can I use the expressions marked in bold interchangeably in contexts similar to this example:

"The article gives / leaves / creates / generates the impression that a large crowd of people witnessed the experiment, when in reality only the inventor and his aide were present." ?


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  • Your question gives (me) the impression that you want to learn English.
  • Your question leaves (me with) the impression that you're a good learner.
  • Your question creates the impression that you have a curious mind.
  • Your question generates the impression that you're learning English on a deep level.

"generates" is less common, but it can be used.

  • Thank you for your encouragement. The question is, whether I must use a pronoun or some other noun after gives or leaves like "gives me"; "leaves me with". In my case, I don't really know to whom the text gives the impression. If it is not possible then creates \ generates the impression remain my only choices. Feb 26, 2021 at 7:35
  • You can remove it and still have it be correct. The object will be "implied".
    – Aaron Bell
    Feb 26, 2021 at 7:41
  • In this case I have available in English all four versions written in the original text, in a foreign language. Feb 26, 2021 at 7:44
  • This is true :)
    – Aaron Bell
    Feb 26, 2021 at 7:45

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