I wanna know the difference between verb phrase and verb itself like in make a call and call, and make a wish and wish.

  1. make a wish, wish
  2. make a call, call

What is the difference between two words in the same number(1 and 2)? Please help me.

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    You should write 'I want to', not 'I wanna'. Commented Dec 21, 2022 at 21:01

1 Answer 1


There is not always a difference.

In many cases, the two forms are interchangeable; but there is often a syntactic difference, not a difference in meaning.

Both call and wish are normally transitive: they mostly require an object to be expressed, even if it is indefinite. But the nouns call and wish can be used without an object.


I'll call Mr Jones when I get back.


I'll call somebody when I get back.


I'll make a call when I get back.

but not

*I'll call when I get back.

unless the person they will call has already been established in the conversation.


He wished for success in the competition..


He wished for something.


He made a wish.

but not normally

*He wished.

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    Also, you can wish for something, meaning that you would like it to happen, but making a wish is usually done in special circumstances (dropping a coin in a 'wishing well', or blowing out the candles on your birthday cake, for example), which are traditionally supposed to help that wish to come true. Commented Dec 22, 2022 at 9:36

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