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Verbs in English

make

make / made / made / making

The verb “make” is an important verb to know how to use when creating or producing something. Watch this video, then take a look at the examples below. 

 

You can use this verb for many different reasons: 

Money: 

  • He makes a lot of money at his job. 
  • How much money do you make? 
  • People who work in information technology can easily make over 100K per year at their jobs. (K = $1000) 
  • That restaurant does not make very much money. 
  • It’s hard to make money in the restaurant business. 
  • Some people try to make money by becoming social media celebrities. 
  • That’s a hard way to make a buck. 
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Food: 

  • What did you make for dinner? 
  • Do you like making dinner? (This sentence use “make” as a gerund.) 
  • I make coffee every morning. 
  • I use a coffee maker to make coffee. (The word “maker” is a noun.) 
  • The restaurant down the street makes great pizza. 
  • Elizabeth knows how to make Peruvian food. She’s from Peru. 
  • Juan enjoys making Chinese food. 
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You can make a great pizza with just pizza dough, mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, and basil. 

 

Creation: 

  • What are they making? 
  • They’re making an art project for school. 
  • It’s fun to make music. 
  • People who know how to make furniture by hand can sell their work for a lot of money. 
  •  The restaurant down the street make great pizza. 
  • The people who made the monastery were talented architects in their day. (make = build) 
  • How long did it take to make? 
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This is a monastery. It took a very long time to make. 

 

Use “make” as a causative verb:  

  • That makes me laugh. 
  • Jennifer’s boss often makes her stay late at work. 
  • A police officer made the man pull over for speeding.  
  • Why is the school making us do this? 
  • Teachers make their students do work in school. 
  • Schools make students take tests. 
  • Sometimes chocolate makes my stomach upset. 
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This teacher is making his students do a lot of work.

  • The Verb “Make”

 

Directions: Use the verb “make” in the following sentences and questions. Pay attention to helping verbs and the various forms that this verb takes. 

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1. She _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ a delicious cake from scratch. (past tense) 

2. They _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ a nice couple. (present tense) 

3. _ _ _ _ _ _ I _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ a reservation for two? (use the modal verb “can”) 

4. He  _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _  more time for his family. (“have to” – present tense) 

5. The tailor _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _  a custom-tailored suit for the client. (future tense) 

6. I want _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ a difference in the world through my work. (infinitive) 

7. He  _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ a decision. (use “could” – negative) 

8._ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ plans for this weekend. (Use “let’s”) 

9. The chef _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ a special dish for the celebration. (present perfect) 

10. She _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ it on time. (use “be going to – negative) 

11. The students need  _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ corrections to their paragraphs. (infinitive) 

12. The company _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _  an impact on the environment. (present continuous) 

13. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _  an effort to reduce your carbon footprint isn’t that hard. (gerund) 

14. The mechanic _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ the repairs to the car. (past tense – negative)

15. John _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _  a lot of money last year. (past tense) 

16. The teacher _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ an announcement during the class. (future tense) 

17. Sophia _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ her kids wake up early every morning. (present tense) 

18. Tanya is upset because she _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ the team. (past tense – negative) 

19. They are trying _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ a deal. (infinitive) 

 

20. She _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ a quilt without yarn. (use “can” – negative) 

 
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