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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'. Dec 21, 2022 at 21:01

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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.

So:

I'll call Mr Jones when I get back.

or

I'll call somebody when I get back.

or

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.

Similarly

He wished for success in the competition..

or

He wished for something.

or

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. Dec 22, 2022 at 9:36

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