Make: special uses

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Make can be followed by an object + infinitive without to.

When these sentences are changed into the passive, we use the infinitive with to.

Make + object + object complement

Make can be followed by an object, with an adjective or noun referring to a change in the object.

Study the following sentence.

The same idea can be expressed using make.


Rewrite the following sentences using make.

1. We became sad on seeing her pathetic condition.

2. I was irritated by her prudishness.

3. We were unhappy because of our repeated failures.

4. He became famous for his experiments in physics.

5. The weather became humid because of the impending thunderstorms.

6. She cried on hearing the news.


1. Her pathetic condition made us sad.

2. Her prudishness made me irritated.

3. Our repeated failures made us unhappy.

4. His experiments in physics made him famous.

5. The impending thunderstorms made the weather humid.

6. The news made her cry.

See also

Do and make
Make: special uses
Words ending in -man
May / might ...but
Maybe and may be
Misplace and displace
Much and many
Must in questions and negatives

Just, already and yet

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