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    Default Make/Make Up

    a. "He made a team from people of various backgrounds."
    b. "He made up a team from people of various backgrounds."
    c. "He made a quorum from people of various backgrounds."
    d. "He made up a quorum from people of various backgrounds."
    e. "He needed a few more people to make a team."
    e. "He needed a few more people to make up a team."
    e. "He needed a few more people to make a quorum."
    e. "He needed a few more people to make up a quorum."

    Could it be that "make" or "make up" (and their past tense variants) is used incorrectly in some sentences?

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    Default Re: Make/Make Up

    Quote Originally Posted by Buckle View Post
    a. "He made a team from people of various backgrounds."
    b. "He made up a team from people of various backgrounds."
    c. "He made a quorum from people of various backgrounds."
    d. "He made up a quorum from people of various backgrounds."
    e. "He needed a few more people to make a team."
    e. "He needed a few more people to make up a team."
    e. "He needed a few more people to make a quorum."
    e. "He needed a few more people to make up a quorum."

    Could it be that "make" or "make up" (and their past tense variants) is used incorrectly in some sentences?
    "Make up" perhaps suggests that he has most of the people he needs, but still needs some more to bring the total number of people up to the number required.

    1. You have 100 people. You have ten minutes to make a team of ten out of them.
    2. You have 100 people. I'm giving you eight people to start. You now have ten minutes to make the team up to ten, out of the other 100.

    In sentence 1, you started with zero people.
    In sentence 2, you started with eight people.
    In both sentences, what you need to end up with is a team of ten people.

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