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    Use of the word 'make'

    Hi, I have just joined this forum and this is my first post.

    So I am wondering about a particular use of the word 'make', when the word is used to mean the expression of building/ creating/ producing something to/ for someone.

    Say,

    "I made him an omelet"

    means

    "I prepared an omelet for him"

    Right?

    So if I say,

    "We make them (people) furniture"

    Does it really mean "we build furniture for them"? Is it correct? Good English?
    Or does it mean "we turn them (people) into furniture"?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Use of the word 'make'

    The omelette example is right.

    Your second could be right; but it would be an unusual thing to say (just because making furniture for a particular person is not very common). Also, in the right (fantasy) context, it could have that improbable 'turn into' meaning.

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    Re: Use of the word 'make'

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    The omelette example is right.

    Your second could be right; but it would be an unusual thing to say (just because making furniture for a particular person is not very common). Also, in the right (fantasy) context, it could have that improbable 'turn into' meaning.

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    Thanks for your answer.

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    Re: Use of the word 'make'

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