Common Ways You Probably Don’t Know How to use the Word MAKE

The word make, much like so many other words in English, can be used in a ton of different ways and all too often totally confuse learners of all levels.

In today’s episode of RealLife TV you are going to quickly increase your vocabulary and discover some new ways to use the word MAKE!

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Hey, what’s up guys? Welcome to another episode of RealLife TV. I’m Chad, I’m here hanging out in the jungle here, we got a wild animal just hanging out there. Say what’s up to Portala, one of Justin’s cats, and today I’m going to present you guys with and awesome lesson, I’m going to give you guys some new vocabulary and that is some alternative ways to use the word MAKE. Aww Yeah!!

Make Up (cosmetic face paint)

So the first word I’m going to teach you guys is MAKE UP. So you guys probably already know the word makeup when it’s used for painting your face like women wear makeup. Some men wear makeup but it’s not as common, but hey, we don’t judge, if you are a man who wears makeup, it’s all good.

Make Something up to Someone (compensate)

And another way we can use this word make up is as a phrasal verb to make something up to someone. So if I make something up to someone that generally means I’m compensating for something bad that I have done so let’s say I missed my friend’s birthday, I forgot to call my friends and I was like hey man, I’m really sorry, let me make it up to you by buying you dinner, let me make it up to you. That means that I’m trying to make the situation better.

Make Up (fabricate/invent)

Another way to use make up would be to invent. So let’s say someone is telling you a story that you think that maybe they are inventing the story or even lying you could say hey, are you making that up? Are you inventing that story? Is that real? So that is to make something up, to invent something.

Make Out (kiss)

Ok, let’s move on to make out. So one really common way to use the verb to make out would be to kiss and make out with someone. You see this on a lot of American TV shows, people are making out which just means that they are kissing each other, sometimes it has sexual connotations, you never know, but that is one way to use it as a verb, to make out with someone. Have you made out with anyone recently?

How Did You Make Out? (were you successful?)

Another way would be to see if someone was successful in whatever they were doing. So if a friend of yours had a job interview and he was really nervous about it, afterwards you could say, “hey buddy how did you make out at the job interview?” This means how did you go, was it successful? was it good? was it bad? How did you make out at the job interview?

Make it Out as Difficult (easier than expected)

And another way to use this phrasal verb would be when somebody explains something as kind of hard, but it wasn’t really that hard. I can say, you know it wasn’t as hard as he made it out to be, or it wasn’t as difficult as that guy made it out to be. So that means that you did something that someone told you would be very difficult but through your experience, it wasn’t really that difficult. It’s not as hard as people make it out to be. English is not as hard as you may make it out to be, I hope.

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  • Lucas Mendes says:

    Congratulations again guys!
    These expressions are not as difficult as I make it out to be! haha
    Thank you!

  • Ethan Zinho says:

    Haha nice cameo from Potala! Great episode, Chad! I think the second use of make out (success) is more common in Aus English than American.

  • Cool, thanks!