The verb «make» is one of the most common verbs in the English language, and it’s probably because there are many collocations with make. What follows is a comprehensive list of English collocations with the verb make. Don’t forget to scroll down and download this post as a PDF.
At the beginning of their relationship, they used to make love all night.
I don’t find it easy to make friends, as I’m quite shy.
Please, don’t make any noise. The children are sleeping.
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make a fuss
My children make a fuss if I wake them up early on Saturdays.
make an appointment
My tooth aches badly. I really need to make an appointment with the dentist.
I’m making time reading some magazines before my appointment.
I always get up early to make breakfast.
make a sandwich/salad/etc.
Could you make a salad for dinner, please?
make a profit
Apparently, the company wasn’t making a profit, so they shut down.
make a promise
You said you’d come with me. You made a promise!
make an observation
Don’t get angry, I was just making an observation.
make money/a fortune
Their family made a fortune during the war.
make a cup of tea/coffee/etc.
Shall I make a cup of tea?
We haven’t made any progress yet.
make a joke
I could tell he was annoyed when I made a joke about his tie.
make a comment
I just made a comment about that, but nobody listened.
make a list
Shall we make a list about the pros and cons?
make up your mind
He found it difficult to make up his mind about what to wear.
Have you made any plans for the holidays?
make an effort
Tim really ought to make an effort to work a little harder.
make an attempt
We both made an attempt to be friendly despite recent arguments.
make a point
She makes a point of keeping all her shopping receipts.
make a reservation/booking
Darling, I’ve already made the dinner reservation for tonight.
make a choice
Whatever it is, you need to make a choice.
make a mistake
It’s alright to make mistakes, because we can learn from them.
make a pass at someone
He made a pass at his wife’s friend, who obviously rejected him.
make a prediction
Betting is just about making a prediction and getting lucky.
make a bet
Have you made a bet yet? The match is about to start.
make a living
He wants to make a living selling his paintings.
make a discovery
Scientists have made a discovery which will change many lives.
make a complaint
If you feel they treated you unfairly, you should make a complaint.
make fun of someone/something
I don’t like it when you make fun of me.
make a (phone) call
Excuse me, I need to make a phone call.
I’ll make sure all the doors and windows are closed.
make a difference
Does it really make a difference whether I go or not?
make an exception
Could you make an exception and allow me to enter?
make a confession
The suspect already made a confession, so the case is solved.
make a suggestion
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Interesting: Diferencia entre Make y Do
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