Expressions using Themes (e.g. Collocations, IELTS, Business English)
Collocations are words that usually go together in English.
Here we are going to look at words that go with the verb 'make' to make useful and popular expressions you will hear in social and professional contexts.
To make contact simply means to communicate with somebody.
Make a difference
When you make a difference, you have an impact on something or someone, usually a positive one.
Make a mistake
We all make mistakes from time to time when we get something wrong.
When someone is creating sound we can use the collocation 'make noise'. This is different to the idiom 'make all the right noises', which you will find in our Expressions Database.
Make a mess
To make a mess means to ruin something, or make many mistakes. It can also be used to describe something untidy or disorganised.