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But the lighthearted interplay often devolves during games. [LeBron] James will shout at Mozgov for a failed defensive assignment, criticize him when a play isn’t executed properly, implore the big man to make every part of his 7-foot-1, 275-pound frame felt by the opposition.

I want to know if this sentence uses proper grammar. I've checked the grammar of "make" in a combination of the subject+verb and subject+past participle. But, according to my dictionary, we can use only "understood" and "heard" as the past participle in that grammatical construction.

So, can we use felt? And does the sentence mean "LeBron want him to overawe opposition player?"


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    I doubt that you've quoted it correctly, even though it appears to be a "headline", where the rules of construction are somewhat different. – Hot Licks Jul 12 '16 at 2:09
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because appears to be incorrectly quoted (there are two different versions in title and question), plus no context is supplied. – Hot Licks Jul 12 '16 at 2:34
  • Thank you for your replying.That is not headline, part of article. – Takuya Igawa Jul 12 '16 at 2:35
  • Then quote several complete lines from the article. – Hot Licks Jul 12 '16 at 2:35
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    Those sentences (which I've edited into your question) are much different from what you previously quoted. Why did you even bother with the other stuff?? – Hot Licks Jul 12 '16 at 2:51
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James will shout at Mozgov for a failed defensive assignment,

criticize him when a play isn’t executed properly,

implore the big man to make every part of his 7-foot-1, 275-pound frame felt by the opposition.

There are three things that "James will" do: shout, criticize, and implore.

What he (James) implores is for "the big man" (Mozgov) to make himself "felt" -- to use his height and strength to overwhelm and intimidate the opposition.

  • It can be so unfair when you go to the effort of composing an answer, only to find that a substantial edit to the question - worthy as the edit might be - renders your answer somewhat oblique to the question as it now appears. But at least you got the early tick of approval :-) – Chappo Says SE Dudded Monica Jul 12 '16 at 5:46
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    @Chappo - Actually, I did the initial edit, to put the actual text into the question. Sumelic merely rearranged things a bit and cleaned up some of the OP's wording. – Hot Licks Jul 12 '16 at 12:39
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Sumelic's edits have made this question suitable to post an answer. To summarise, the question asks if "make+object" can take other past participles like "felt", or it it restricted to just "heard" and "understood".

You can add any past participle after "make+object" if the past participle can be sensibly used to modify the object. "His 7-foot-1, 275 pound frame" is the object here. To simplify, let's replace that with the pronoun "it".

"Make it felt" is standard English. So are:

  • make it known
  • make it seen
  • make it shortened
  • make it eliminated
  • make it terraformed

and so on.

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