Between Make a contact with... and make a call to..., is there a difference?

Suppose I want to phone my friend (Lisa). Are these sentences below correct?

  1. I want to make a contact with Lisa.
  2. I want to make a call to Lisa.

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Yes, there is a difference.

I want to make a contact with Lisa. This is not normally used in casual conversation but would be used in a more formal statement (discussed below)

contact; verb; to communicate with someone by calling or sending them a letter, email, etc.: Ref C.E.D.

I want to contact Lisa.

This is just a general statement you wish to connect with Lisa. How we make contact is neither defined or important.

In casual use we would not normally say make and we do not use the article "a" also with is not required.

NB. Articles are words that define a noun as specific or unspecific.

However if we wanted to establish more formal or regular communications with Lisa, we could say

I want to make contact with Lisa.

This means you wish to establish regular communication with someone

contact; noun; (COMMUNICATION); communication with someone, especially by speaking or writing to them regularly: Ref C.E.D.

I want to make contact with The Secretary General

Meaning, I want to open a channel of communications with The Secretary General

This sentence is correct as it stands

I want to make a call to Lisa.

It means you wish to make a telephone call to Lisa.

call verb (PHONE); to use a phone to talk to someone: Ref C.E.D.

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