I cannot make out what is happening with my sister these days. She has become so secretive which is really unlike her. She is doing something she doesn't want me to know about. I am so worried. I don't know what to make of her behaviour. We used to be so close, but not now. She hardly speaks to me. We had a bad argument last Friday but we did make up at the weekend. I asked her what was going on and she just walked away. She made for the door when I started to speak and left the room. What am I supposed to make of this change in her attitude towards me? I know she has been working hard recently to make up for the school work she missed last term, but I don't think that is the problem. I want to sort things out. I don't want her to make for the exit every time I try and speak to her. Is she trying to make me out to be stupid by pretending nothing is wrong? I don't know what to make of what she said to me the other night. She told me to make up my mind whether I was for her or against her. What should I make of that? How can I make out what she means when she doesn't explain things? Right. I have to make up for lost time. This situation cannot continue. I will definitely confront her tonight. Wish me luck! NOW YOUR TURN What do you make of the story above? How many different verbal phrases using to make were used? 1. TO MAKE OF - means to have thoughts about something What do you make of the news? I don't know what to make of what she said last night. 2. TO MAKE UP - means to put cosmetics on your face (of course!) but it also means to invent a story or a tune, or to compensate for something. It also means to become friends again after an argument. To MAKE UP YOUR MIND means to decide. I made up seven poems last week. You must make up for lost time by staying in every night to work. I made up with my brother after not speaking for a week. You must make up your mind by the end of the week. 3. TO MAKE FOR - means to go towards something quickly. I quickly made for the door. 4. TO MAKE OUT - means to manage to see, hear or understand something. It also means to suggest something. I cannot make out what he is saying. Are you making out that I am stupid? TASK 1 Please correct these sentences. 1. He quickly made OUT the bathroom to be sick. 2. She could not make FOR what was moving in the darkness. 3. I hate arguments. Let's make FOR. 4. What do you make OUT the new maths teacher? 5. I've made OUT a new tune for my guitar. TASK 2 Can you complete these sentences? 1. Are you .... .... that I am wrong? 2. Dad does not know what to ..... .... the news that Karen is getting married. 3. Kris has .... .... lots of lies about his family. 4. I quickly .... .... the other room when the phone rang. 5. He spoke so softly. I could not .... .... what he said. Answers: for/out/up/of/up making out/make of/made up/made for/make out Young Post's language exercises won't kill you. Thomas and Mandie survived. Thomas Li, 16, St Joseph's College This passage is rather difficult. I have no idea which phrase I should use for question 3 of Task 1. In question 2 of Task 2, why do you use 'make of'? What is the difference between 'make out' and 'make of'? Mandie Ho, 17 TWGHS Mrs Wu York Yu Memorial College I agree with Thomas that these 'make' phrases are difficult. Even after I finished reading the article, I still couldn't figure out what each phrase means. I'm confused. Why do you use 'making out' in question 1 of Task2?