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Difference between Give a promise and Give promise

give a promiseundertake to do or not to do smth.:

  • He gave a promise that he would come again and bring assistance, and he kept it.

give promise

1. be a token of smth.; indicate smth. beforehand:

  • A heavy mist gave promise of a hot day, and it turned out a “scorcher.”

2. show qualities that give hope of success or good results:

  • These children don’t give much promise.