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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    come up with & make up

    Question:
    We must come up with a plan to improve your math.
    OR
    We must make up a plan to improve your math.
    Why?
    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: come up with & make up

    Quote Originally Posted by Betty zhang View Post
    Question:
    We must come up with a plan to improve your math.
    OR
    We must make up a plan to improve your math.
    Why?
    Thanks.
    Which one do you think is correct and why? What do you understand by "to come up with" and "to make up"?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: come up with & make up

    Hello.
    Can we replace "understand by" with "understand under"?
    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Which one do you think is correct and why? What do you understand by "to come up with" and "to make up"?
    Thanks.
    Honestly, my only mission in life is to come closest to being American in terms of my language (at least). I'm not asking for anything else.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

  4. Moderator
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    #4

    Re: come up with & make up

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    Can we replace "understand by" with "understand under"?
    No.

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    #5

    Re: come up with & make up

    Can we all wait until the OP has responded to post #2 before offering alternative suggestions?

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