make

lexical verb + pronoun + past participle

Here’s an advanced example sentence of VERB + PRONOUN + PP: That was an unusual way for me to make myself understood. listen The most common main lexical verb at the start of this structure is ‘GET‘ which might mean most of these results are related to A C1 PASSIVE grammar point. If we simply changed our search for Nouns instead of Pronouns, …

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worth + POSSESSIVE + while

At C2 in the English Vocabulary Profile: If it is worth your while doing something, it is useful or enjoyable to do it. A search in the NOW corpus for: * * worth _AP while 1 MAKE IT WORTH YOUR WHILE 738 2 MAKE IT WORTH THEIR WHILE 413 Adam Smith was convinced that human beings were by their very natures lazy,  and wouldn’t do anything unless you made it worth their while,  and the way you made it worth …

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used not to

The following rare student writing example shows how ‘used not to‘ expresses modality: Also when I was younger, I used not to be allowed to drink coffee. PELIC Korean female level 3 grammar class. It sounds more natural to say: “I didn’t use to be allowed to drink coffee.” *In other words, she did not have permission to drink coffee.  Although now she is an adult and can. In the …

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LET | MAKE + object + verb ‘make you feel’ ‘let me know’

Let’s look at an active voice structure that means: (MAKE) to force or cause someone to do something (often they do not want to do it) (LET)  to allow, make something possible or give permission In the English Grammar Profile, B1 point 30 in the category of VERBs/patterns is defined as: ‘MAKE’, ‘LET’ + INFINITIVE …

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make + OBJECT + ADJECTIVE ‘make me happy’

To understand ‘make + object + adjective’ let’s see how there are many ways to say for example: ‘you make me happy.‘ The meaning is the same as: ‘I am happy because of you.’ ‘You cause me to be happy.’ ‘You are the reason I am happy.’ The grammar of ‘you make me happy’ “you …

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GET + object + TO infinitive “get them to come”

Let’s analyse and then listen to the grammar structure: ‘get someone or something to do something’ by looking at real expert examples: I can’t get these parents to come. I’ll get them to come. Listen to these examples. The same meaning of ‘get + object + infinitive‘ can be written in other ways: I can’t make them come. I can’t change their …

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