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make

 

The most common use for the word "make" is as a verb. To make something is to create it or manufacture it. It's also important to keep in mind that "make" is very popular when talking about food production.

simple past past participle
make
made
made
  • I made breakfast for myself this morning.
  • What did you make for dinner last night?
  • What are you making for lunch?
  • Bob's daughter made a picture using colored pencils.
  • This car was made in Mexico.
  • The city is making a new park where there was once an empty parking lot.
  • Brad Pitt has made a lot of movies.
  • Someone is making a movie in our neighborhood.

film makerHe's making a movie.

We often use "make" when talking about money and income:

  • How much did he make last year?
  • That company makes a lot of money.
  • How much would you like to make?
  • Anyone who is ambitious and hardworking can make a lot of money in the United States.

The words "make" and "maker" are used as nouns when talking about the company or person who manufacturers something:

  • What's the make and model of the car that he drives?
  • He drives a Honda. That's the make of the car.
  • An antique dealer can usually determine the make on a piece of old, valuable furniture.
  • The maker's mark is on the bottom of the vase. (maker = a person who makes something.)
  • It was necessary to return the lamp to the maker because it was broken in the box in which it was delivered.
  • The Amish are makers of good furniture. Many of them work as furniture makers.
  • A person who makes shoes is called a shoemaker.
  • A person who makes movies is called a filmmaker.

There are many expressions and idioms that include the word "make."

  • What do you make of this situation? (What is your assessment, good or bad?)
  • Leroy is always on the make. (on the make = hustling for money)
  • How did we make out last year? (How much money did we make?)
  • We've got it made! (We are successful!)
  • Don't make a big deal out of this. (Don't complain about this.)
  • She's not going to make it. (She's not going to continue to live. She's going to die.)
  • They can't make it to the party. (They can't come to the party.)

You can find many examples of how the word "make" is used as a verb by clicking here.

 

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This page was published on July 12, 2017.

 
 

 

 

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