Phrasal Verbs – Make

Let’s now look at the verb ‘to make’ combined with particles. Here are some more of the most common expressions:

‘to make for’ means to go on the direction of.

  • He got up and made for the exit.
  • When he came into the room, he made straight for me.

‘to make of’ means think of, have an opinion about.

  • He’s a complete mystery to me. I don’t know what to make of him.
  • What do you make of his new girlfriend?

‘to make off’ means to leave somewhere very quickly, often to escape.

  • The car didn’t stop after the accident but made off at speed towards the town centre.
  • He snatched her bag and made off down the street through the crowd.

‘to make off with’ means to steal and escape with something.

  • The thieves made off with over one million dollars in cash.
  • They broke into the house and made off with jewellery and silver.

‘to make out’ means to manage to be able to see or hear something.

  • He was speaking very quietly. I couldn’t make out what he was saying.
  • It was too dark to see. I couldn’t make him out clearly.

‘to make out’ can also mean to pretend that something is true.

  • He made out he was very rich when, in fact, he wasn’t.
  • She often makes out she is the boss when, really, she is only an assistant.

‘to make up your mind’ means to decide.

  • I bought them both because I couldn’t make up my mind which one to buy.
  • Make your mind up! Which one do you want?

‘to make up’ means to say or write something that is not true, to invent a story.

  • It wasn’t true at all. They just made it up.
  • I told him I couldn’t go and made up an excuse.

‘to make up’ can also mean to forgive someone and become friendly with again after an argument.

  • We had a huge argument and but made up later.
  • Half the fun of arguing is making up afterwards!

‘to make up for’ means to compensate for something bad that they have done or that has happened.

  • He bought me some flowers to make up for being late.
  • What can I do to make up for forgetting your birthday?

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  6. September 13th, 2010 at 2:29 am
    Dear Mr. Brown,

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    Best regards.

  7. It’s very admirable all your big efforts and and long times of hardwork .
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    Dear Mr. Brown,

    Your lessons and materials are very valuable. Thank you for the great help you are giving to ESL Teachers. I would appreciate it very much your sending me your updates and lessos both for grammar and for business terms to my additional e-mail address: prof.sylviaroig@gmail.com.

    I expect that you soon overcome your medical problems and find a good solution. I wish you the best in your struggle against illness.

    Best regards.

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