Make is a versatile word in English. There are a variety of collocations (set expressions) and idioms using make. Today, let’s have a look at some of the most common ones. First, we will look at some collocations with make. Here are some things you can make:
Make a change
- We made some changes to the meeting agenda.
Make a decision
- Tomoko made a decision to study English for 30 minutes every day.
Make an effort
- Craig made an effort to finish his work on time.
Make an excuse
- Jack said he was too tired to go out, but I think he was just making an excuse.
- Bill made friends with everyone at the conference.
Make an improvement
- Chris has really made an improvement in the office since he took over as manager.
Make a meal
- Mom made a nice dinner last night.
Make a mistake
- I made a mistake on my exam.
- Bob made money on eBay and was able to take a nice vacation.
- The kids were making a lot of noise at Joey’s birthday party.
Make a phone call
- I need to make a few phone calls before leaving the office.
- I think we are making a lot of progress on this project.
- I know you have a busy schedule, so thanks for making time to meet with me today.
Next, let’s have a look at some idioms that use make:
be made of money – to be very rich.
- Blair’s parents are made of money. They bought her a Benz even though she’s still in high school.
have it made – to be in a position where success is certain:.
- Jenny married a rich cardiologist. She’s got it made now!
make someone’s day – to do something that causes someone to suddenly be happy.
- Mike made Angie’s day when he sent her flowers.
make do – to manage with limited circumstances.
- We only have $25 until payday. We’ll have to make do with cup noodles and bread.
make out – to kiss passionately.
- Steve and his girlfriend were making out on the sofa while watching the movie.
make up – to think up, invent, or create something.
- My personal trainer made up several effective exercise routines.
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