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    made the varsity team

    Does this "made the varsity team" mean "become a member of the varsity team"? Then, as an organizer, do you have to say "organize the varsity team" in terms of organization? In this case, can't "make" work?

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    Re: made the varsity team

    'To make the team' means to be picked for the team, after proving to be good enough for it.

    It has nothing to do with organising it.

    Rover

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    #3

    Re: made the varsity team

    "Made the varsity team" means, to me, a bit more.
    It means: "was selected as a member ....."

    Similarly, "didn't make the team" would mean "wasn't selected as a member of the team...."

    You can become a member of many "teams" by just showing up and expressing an interest, but not in these cases.

    Hope this helps
    R21

    Oops! Rover just pipped me to the post!
    Last edited by Route21; 23-Mar-2013 at 13:22.

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    Re: made the varsity team

    I mean, how do you say when you want to make a team as a coach or an organizer? You can't use "make" in that case?

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    Re: made the varsity team

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    I mean, how do you say when you want to make a team as a coach or an organizer? You can't use "make" in that case?
    You form, build, set up, select, choose, pick, etc a team; you don't make it.

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