Is there any difference between using these expressions?

She made a point of taking a vacation in Italy.
She made a point to take a vacation in Italy.


Made a point of

Meaning ::

  1. you are making something or someone into an important topic/matter.
  2. to be certain to do something
  1. Please don't make a point of Sasha's answer, it was not an urgent matter.
  2. She made a point of sending thank you notes to everyone who attended her wedding.

Make a point to

Meaning ::

  1. act purposely or intentionally
  2. to be certain to do something

Two women are gossiping over a newcomer. One of them says that he hasn't brought many things along with him. He only has clothes and a few other things.

The other woman replies: "Maybe he's having his stuff sent."

The first one says: "I asked him. Made it a point."


The idiomatic phrase is "make a point of doing something" which means "make sure to do something that is important or necessary." In your case, the sentence would be "She made a point of taking a vacation in Italy."


In your case made a point of seems to be the correct one, which according to the NOAD means:

make a point of make a special and noticeable effort to do (a specified thing): she made a point of taking a walk each day.

Make a point followed by infinitive is a perfectly valid expression. But it's used when you want to make a statement about something. For example:

"The president made a point to raise those issues tonight making a clear play for..."

  • Is there any synonym for "make a point to do sth"? – Dragon Buster Apr 5 '13 at 19:23

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