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:
- 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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