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    Make of somebody

    Hello teachers and members,

    I am puzzled on using "make of someone"
    For instance: "She wanted Bob all for herself, began making demands, but demands were precisely what one didnít make of Bob"
    This red words means:

    1. She does not understand Bob so she demands him
    2. No one could make anything by demanding Bob

    Please give me some explanation. Thank you in advance.

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    Re: Make of somebody

    Quote Originally Posted by Sukhomvit View Post
    Hello teachers and members,

    I am puzzled on using "make of someone"
    For instance: "She wanted Bob all for herself, began making demands, but demands were precisely what one didn’t make of Bob"
    This red words means:

    1. She does not understand Bob so she demands him
    2. No one could make anything by demanding Bob

    Please give me some explanation. Thank you in advance.
    Bob is not the type of person who you can make demands of. He doesn't respond well to demands.
    She likes making demands, but Bob is not a person that you can make demands of. One doesn't make demands of Bob.

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    Re: Make of somebody

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Bob is not the type of person who you can make demands of. He doesn't respond well to demands.
    She likes making demands, but Bob is not a person that you can make demands of. One doesn't make demands of Bob.
    Dear Raymott, thanks for your answer. I had a feeling of such meaning but what I would like to ask is the meaning of "make of someone" here. In my listed options, which one is correct? it seems option 2. right? In this sentence, is there any information what tell us that she does not understand Bob? Reason why I asked because when checked dictionary I found a meaning of "make of":
    to understand someone or the meaning of something in a particular way For instance: I don't know what to make of our new teacher.
    or What do you make of this news?
    If this is correct then option 1 should be correct. Please confirm
    Last edited by Sukhomvit; 27-Nov-2013 at 08:45.

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    Re: Make of somebody

    "make of" does indeed have the meaning you listed but it has absolutely nothing to do with your original post. Raymott clearly explained how "demands were precisely what one did not make of Bob" meant.

    Q. What do you make of Bob?
    A. He's lovely. A bit quiet, but generally very nice. That's what I make of Bob.

    Q. Have you made any demands of Bob?
    A. No! Demands are precisely what one does not make of Bob.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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