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Difference between Give someone an idea and Give someone ideas

give someone an ideagive a person a general notion of smth.:

  • I will now give you an idea of the type of thing you will be required to do.

give someone ideas —(also: put ideas into someone’s head) give smb. a falsely high opinion of oneself:

  • Mrs. Serafino was not effusive in her thanks to the girl. It might give her ideas.