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    "Make up"

    As I did homework, I saw this sentence, 'Make up 5 English sentences', but I think it should be 'Make 5 English

    sentences or is there a particular reason 'make up' was used in it? Thank you as always and I really hope to hear

    from you. Thank you.

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    Re: "Make up"

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    Quote Originally Posted by sky3120 View Post
    ...is there a particular reason 'make up' was used in it?
    Yes, there is. One of the meanings of the phrasal verb, "make up" is construct/compose.

    make up - definition of make up by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
    Dear native English speakers of this forum,
    Please, always point out my grammatical mistakes, assuming you have "the time and the inclination". That is really the most effective way for me to improve. Thank you very much.

    Please note that I am NOT an English teacher.

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    Re: "Make up"

    As I did homework, I saw this sentence, 'Make up 5 English sentences', but I think it should be 'Make 5 English
    sentences' or is there a particular reason 'make up' was used in it?


    Here, "make up" stresses that you should invent or compose the sentences from your own imagination.
    For example:
    "I had no excuse for missing school so I had to make up a story to tell the teacher".
    "If you don't know the answer, just make up something that sounds plausible".
    Perhaps they are saying that they don't want you to just copy the sentences from somewhere.

    not a teacher

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