33 – Four Money Related Idioms Using Make

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In English, you can make money, make a living, make do, and make ends meet. For today’s English lesson, let’s find out how to do all of those things as we study these four commonly used English idioms.

Here are the example sentences. To get the details of this English lesson, you need to listen to the podcast or the check the transcript for the details:

Make money:

  • Lori makes a lot of money selling stuff on eBay.
  • It’s hard to make money working as a musician.
  • Momo made money in the stock market and bought a nice house.

Make a living:

  • Jack makes a living selling used cars.
  • I think it would be tough to make a living as an artist.
  • Tommy makes a living doing accounting.

Make do or make do with:

  • Danny doesn’t have a job now, so he has to make do with his savings.
  • We can’t afford a new car, so we’ll have to make do with this old car until we can save enough to get a new car.
  • We only brought two bottles of lemonade to the picnic. I didn’t realize Ken’s family is also going to join us so we’ll just have to make do.

Make ends meet:

  • Chris and his wife just bought a house, so they are working really hard to make ends meet.
  • After the landlord raised the rent, Jenny started working a part time job in order to make ends meet.
  • Eddie couldn’t make ends meet living alone in Manhattan, so he decided to get a roommate to help pay the rent.

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Comments 5

  1. Hi Michael,

    Here are my answers.
    1. He might well have moved to NJ or somewhere rents are relatively low.
    2. Eddie’s roommate makes money in sales.

    We have to make do with our savings right now…

  2. Hi

    the answers are :

    1- Eddie’s decision to move to Manhattan is to make ends meeting , but he
    soon found it is hard to do this there alone , so he decided to get a roommate
    to help him in the rent .

    2- Eddie’s roommate makes money in sales so he can afford
    half the rent.

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