English language has hundreds of different collocations. They help us express ourselves better and enrich our language. But what are they?
Collocations are groups of two or more words that commonly go together. If you replace a word in a collocation with a similar one, it won’t sound natural to a native English speaker. For example, you can say “a quick shower” but can’t say “a fast shower” instead.
Collocations express emotions, actions and ideas. English language wouldn’t be that rich without them.
In this lesson we will discuss 5 collocations with “make”. Here we go!
1) To make a fortune
Meaning: to become rich, to make a large amount of money
He made a fortune after investing into Bitcoin but lost all his money a few weeks after.
We’ll make a fortune if we buy property there.
2) To make fun of someone
Meaning: to mock or tease someone
Stop making fun of me! I’m not going to talk to you!
His classmates used to make fun of him because he was wearing glasses.
3) To make up one’s mind
Meaning: to decide to do something
They’ve finally made up their minds to move out of Arlington. It was high time to do that.
Should I buy Mercedes or BMW? I can’t make up my mind on that.
4) To make sure
Meaning: to confirm and verify, to ensure that something happens or is done.
Make sure to feed the cat when you’re at the grandma’s house.
I have to make sure that the yard is mown.
5) To make a mess
Meaning: to ruin something or to make a lot of mistakes while doing something.
How did you manage to make a mess in your room in such a short period of time?
She made a mess out of her life so quickly.
It revolutionized our communications so much, that it became our preferred method of interacting with others. That’s why in today’s lesson I prepared 5 useful internet acronyms that will help you be better at internet communication.
It revolutionized our communications so much, that it became our preferred method of interacting with others. That’s why in today’s lesson I prepared 5 useful internet acronyms that will help you be better at internet communication. Here we go:
Holiday and vacation. Most of us feel excited and thrilled when we hear these two words. But the problem is that many ESL students mix them up. Words “vacation” and “holiday” have similar meaning but they still are different.
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Time is the most precious resource that we have and it’s important to spend it wisely. Check out these useful idioms about time. There’s no time to lose!
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