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    Hi,

    1.What does the expression 'make amends with someone' mean?
    e.g.
    She encourages Tina to make amends with her mother.

    2.Could we use 'make amends to' instead of 'make amends with' here?

    Many thanks

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    Default Re: make amends with

    I don't think this is quite the right word.

    "To make amends for something" = recompense someone for an injury or an injustice.

    I would expect the sentence to read :

    She encourages Tina to make up/to be reconciled with her mother.

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    Default Re: make amends with

    Thank you, Anglika for your reply. Could you please tell me if the expression 'make amends with someone' exists?

    Many thanks

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    I've never seen it. Googling it turns up several thousand hits, but most are what I would call journalese usages - not good authorities.

    On a non-legal level, make amends = to do something good to show that you are sorry about something you have done:

    She tried to make amends by inviting him out to dinner.
    I wanted to make amends for the worry I've caused you.

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    Default Re: make amends with

    Thank you very much, Anglika for replying to me again. I think 'make amends with' might be AE usage.
    Last edited by thru; 18-May-2007 at 20:27.

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    Nope. Not for this American.
    Make amends for your bad behavior.
    Make amends by not fighting with your sister for week.
    Make up with your sister.

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