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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
  • 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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