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I found two different versions of the essay question online. I asked my freelancer which one was correct. He responded that the second one was better. I want to know if develop to grow up is idiomatic. I know the essay question could be worded as "as they grow and develop". But I want to know if the freelancer was doing a good job by telling me that the second one was better.

  1. Some people think watching TV is bad for children in every way. Others think it is good for developing children as they grow up. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
  1. Some people think watching TV is bad for children in every way. Others think TV has positive effects on children as they develop to grow up. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
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    develop and grow up. Not "to".
    – Lambie
    Commented Mar 26, 2023 at 16:29

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If he told you the second one was better you should talk to someone else. Number 1 is the only we use normally. 'Developing children' is a bit of a set phrase where 'developing' is a modifier for 'children'; TV is not 'developing them to grow up'.

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  • Thank you very much for your answer. By 'developing children' is a bit of a set phrase where 'developing' is a modifier for 'children', do you mean that "developing" acts like an adjective? I thought it was a verb. Commented Mar 26, 2023 at 16:28
  • @newbieforever Yes, much like 'a burning building'
    – Angelos
    Commented Mar 26, 2023 at 18:54

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