Learn common expressions with ‘make’ in English
Verb Collocations in English
Collocations with MAKE: Produce sound
- Make a noise/ a sound
E.g. That you frequently make noise in class will affect the other students.
- Make a speech
E.g. The company president made a speech about ethics in the workplace.
- Make a joke
E.g. Harold always make jokes, but no one finds them funny.
- Make a phone call
E.g. Kate had to make a phone call during her break.
- Make a comment/ remark
E.g. The teacher made a few critical comments on my essay.
Collocations with MAKE: Produce things
- Make money / a profit / a fortune
E.g. Big companies employ smart people to ensure they pay very little tax on the huge profits they make.
- Make art (music/ paintings / sculptures)
E.g. He makes music from his basement.
- Make a mess
E.g. She didn’t like to make a mess.
- Make love
E.g. Most people feel a bit nervous before making love for the first time.
Collocations with MAKE: Produce reactions
- Make your eyes water
E.g. The covers will make your eyes water!
- Make you happy / sad / smile
E.g. He always make you happy so you will miss him a lot.
- Make you sleepy
E.g. Listen, this song will make you sleepy.
Collocations with MAKE: Mental / intangible activity
- Make a plan
E.g. We’re making plans to travel to Australia next year.
- Make a decision / your mind up / a choice
E.g. Have you made a decision yet?
- Make an arrangement / deal / compromise
E.g. I’m sure we can make an arrangement for that to happen, he said.
- Make a mistake
E.g. Whenever we make mistakes, our teacher corrects them for us.
- Make a suggestion / a point
E.g. John always makes himself a cup of tea when he gets to work.
- Make an effort / an excuse
E.g. You can’t learn a language without making an effort.
- Make a complaint
E.g. I made a complaint to the manager about the poor service in the restaurant.
- Make a difference
E.g. Higher wages would make a big difference to our quality of life.
- Make sure/ peace / believe
E.g. Both countries can rebuild now that they have made peace with each other.
Our kids love to make believe they’re superheroes with superhuman powers.
- Make time
E.g. It’s important to make time to read toyour children.
- Make friend
E.g. Jenny finds it hard to make friends.
Collocations with MAKE: Prepare something
- Make a cake / (a cup of) tea / coffee
E.g. Can you make a cake in the shape of Australia?
- Make breakfast / lunch / a sandwich
E.g. I’m making dinner – it’ll be ready in about ten minutes.
- Make the bed
E.g. I always make the bed before cleaning my teeth, washing my face, combing my hair every morning.
- Make a booking/ reversation
E.g. Shall I make a reservation for 8 o’clock at that Japanese restaurant?