Which is more appropriate "I left two comments on the page yesterday" or "I made two comments on the page yesterday"
Context: The page contains some changes to be reviewed by fellow teams made, and after reviewing the changes I made two comments to be addressed.

Not sure if using "I left" sounds good or not
I can't determine the intended meaning of "left" from the dictionary in this context.
Could someone point out the meaning from the dictionary

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    OR I commented twice on the page. They're all fine. Use whichever you like best. But is "comments" the best way to describe your posts? Might they actually be more accurately called questions, if you want them to be "addressed"? You usually ask or raise questions, rather than make or leave them [somewhere]. Sep 26 at 13:55
  • @FumbleFingers On the page I'm referring to, clicking a line opens a text box with an "Add comment" button.
    – pensee
    Sep 26 at 14:05
  • So what? Do you expect a separate box for "Add comment which is really a question"? Sep 26 at 14:09
  • "Left" is the past tense of "leave". Leave verb (1) sense 4 has "leave a message" as an example.
    – Stuart F
    Sep 26 at 15:10
  • Is "teams made" an autocorrect error for "teammates"? Either way, it makes no sense.
    – gotube
    Oct 20 at 20:06

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Both are correct and natural in your context, but it's probably worth understanding the difference between them.

To leave something somewhere suggests that it has some intended function in that place. "I left two comments on the page yesterday" suggests you put the comments there for somebody else to see, so this implies that someone --maybe the listener-- should read and address them.

In contrast, "make a comment" is a simple statement about something you did, and has no other implied meaning on its own. Maybe they're to help a teammate, or maybe you made the comments in anger, and expect nobody to read them or respond.

Your context is a project where people write comments for others to address, so it's clear that your intent is to have a teammate read and address the comments, so either of these sentences works just fine, and the "leave" version sounds a little more hopeful that they will be addressed.


These are both fine and "I left" sounds natural in this context. This is the past tense of the verb "to leave" and this particular usage is a common phrase in English. https://www.collinsdictionary.com/us/dictionary/english/leave-a-message

Leave Behind

Leaving a message comes from the phrase "leave behind" which means to "go away from a place without taking someone or something."

For example:

"I accidentally left behind my phone when I ran out of the scary movie! I'll have to go back and get it."

"Could you please leave behind some of those paper plates? I'll need them later for the party."

"She frequently leaves her shoes in the middle of the hallway."

Leave a Message

When you leave a message, you interact with something and leave behind a message of some variety. This happens when you call and leave a voicemail or when you leave comments on something digitally or on paper.

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