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16 / 06 / 2005

MAKE OF: meaning and examples

Good morning. Today we will begin our final series of Daily Vitamins to answer Eugenia's question about phrasal verbs with set, give and make. For the next few days we will look at phrasal verbs that use the verb make. Today's phrasal verb is: make of* *Do not confuse "of" with "off". The phrasal verb make of is used in different expressions with similar meanings: MAKE SOMETHING OF SOMETHING-SOMEONE Meaning: to use any opportunity possible in order to be successful. Example 1: Kevin is determined to make something of his life. (= Kevin plans to do whatever he can to be successful in life.) Example 2: We bought a really old flat but with a little time and money, we're sure we can make something of it. MAKE THE BEST OF SOMETHING Meaning: to try and get a good result from a bad situation. Example 3: Sally can't come to today's meeting to present our ideas to the new client because she's ill. We'll have to make the best of it without her. MAKE A GO OF SOMETHING Meaning: to try your best to make something successful. Example 4: We don't have much money to contribute, but we've got time and we're motivated, so let's make a go of it! MAKE MUCH OF SOMETHING Meaning: to give a lot of importance to something. Example 5: Mr. Burns is certainly making much of the new office furniture. He says it will help us create a more professional atmosphere. Tomorrow we will look at another phrasal verb with make. If you have any questions about these expression so far, please don't hesitate to contact us. Enjoy the rest of your day!


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