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    make out/make a good case for

    She made out/made a good case for (=gave good arguments for) lowering our prices.

    Do both 'make and make out' go well with 'a case for sth'?
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    Re: make out/make a good case for

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    She made out/made a good case for (=gave good arguments for) lowering our prices.

    Do both 'make and make out' go well with 'a case for something?
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    I wouldn't use "made out", "made" is fine on it's own.

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    Re: make out/make a good case for

    Thanks a lot, bhaisahab. I too feels it strange that this sentence with 'made out' comes from LONGMAN DICTIONARY OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE,in the entry of case.

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    Re: make out/make a good case for

    After reading bhaisahab's reply, I looked the 'case' up again, this time in OXFORD, and found this sentence:
    The report makes out a strong case (= gives good arguments) for spending more money on hospitals.

    It's a bit odd, isn't it? Expressions like this are often headaches for ESLs.

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    Re: make out/make a good case for

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    After reading bhaisahab's reply, I looked the 'case' up again, this time in OXFORD, and found this sentence:
    The report makes out a strong case (= gives good arguments) for spending more money on hospitals.

    It's a bit odd, isn't it? Expressions like this are often headaches for ESLs.
    I also wouldn't use 'make out', but it shouldn't be too confusing. There are often several different ways of saying something, and if it's in a good dictionary, it will be correct.

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