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    Is there a difference between I'LL DO MYSELF UP FOR THE INTERVIEW and I'LL MAKE MYSELF OVER FOR THE INTERVIEW?

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    Re: appearance

    Yes indeed: I wouldn't use the second alternative. Certainly you can do yourself up for an occasion, and a female might make herself up, but making something over has two uses that I can think of, neither of which applies to a person:

    1. If you make your house or other property over to someone, you give it to him formally. This is usually done in your will, for him to have after you've died;

    2. You can give your house, or a room in it, a make-over by completely redecorating it.

    I might look in the mirror one Sunday morning and tell myself I needed a make-over, but that would be said jokingly, using the meaning of no.2 above.

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    Re: appearance

    A person can get a make-over just as a room can -- new hair style, pehaps a new color, new cosmetics colors, perhaps even a new wardrobe.

    There are reality shows on TV that show people getting make-overs. Sometimes you can hardly tell it's the same person.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: appearance

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    A person can get a make-over just as a room can -- new hair style, pehaps a new color, new cosmetics colors, perhaps even a new wardrobe.
    Is it used as a verb? Can a person (1) be made over, or (2) make themselves over? (1) sounds possible to me, (2) not, but I don't know for sure.

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    Re: appearance

    This is a bit off-topic, but I just love it how in French the word for "make-over" is "relooking," which appears to be an English word, but isn't.

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    Re: appearance

    I think makeover in the sense of restyle is never used as a verb.

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    Re: appearance

    I'm always afraid to say "never" become someone comes along with a use you couldn't think of.

    Makeover (closed compound) is surely most often seen as a noun, but in 10 years we may find out it's a verb.

    I see the dictionary defines "makeover" as the noun form of the phrasal verb "make over" which matches the use in the original post.
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    #8

    Re: appearance

    Well, I've never been famous for caution or prudence

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