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Collocations With The Word Make

Video Overview

In this video we explain the meaning of popular everyday common words that go with the verb 'make', including make contact, make a difference, make a mistake, make noise and make a mess. Collocations improve fluency and are useful in spoken and business English.

Video Analysis

The verb 'make' is mostly used in relation to creating or producing things, and refers to the end result. For example, using some of the examples from the video we can see that when you 'make a mess,' you produce or create a mess, when you 'make money,' you produce or create money, when you 'make a plan,' you produce or create a plan etc. In each case, the end result of an action follows the word 'make.'

By extension, 'make' can also refer to doing something or causing something to happen. Again using examples from the video, if you 'make a difference,' then something you have said or done has had impact, usually a positive one, and if you 'make amends,' you do something for somebody to show that you are sorry for a wrongdoing.

As the video shows, collocations with 'make' are common in both a social and professional context.

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