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    Question What does the expression "Make it count" mean?

    Hello to all!
    I've got an idiom in a movie that is "Make it count".
    What does it mean?
    Please give me an acceptable expression instead of that.
    Thanks a lot

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    Re: What does the expression "Make it count" mean?

    More context is required.

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    Re: What does the expression "Make it count" mean?

    Are you referring to Saving Private Ryan? In that case, when Tom Hanks' character tells the Private to "make it count," he is telling him to not waste this second chance he has been given. He wants him to do something meaningful with his life, to not waste it.

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    Re: What does the expression "Make it count" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jill Dorchester View Post
    Are you referring to Saving Private Ryan? In that case, when Tom Hanks' character tells the Private to "make it count," he is telling him to not waste this second chance he has been given. He wants him to do something meaningful with his life, to not waste it.
    "Earn it" (John H. Miller's final speech).
    José Manuel Rosón Bravo

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    Thumbs up Re: What does the expression "Make it count" mean?

    Thank you, Jill Dorchester. your answer really helps me.
    you're really awesome!

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    Re: What does the expression "Make it count" mean?

    Another question!
    Is the word "count" certainly a verb in that expression?

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    Re: What does the expression "Make it count" mean?

    In my opinion, it is a bare infinitive -- an infinitive without "to".

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    Re: What does the expression "Make it count" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by José Manuel Rosón Bravo View Post
    "Earn it" (John H. Miller's final speech).
    Please explain the point you are trying to make here.

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    Re: What does the expression "Make it count" mean?

    Obviously it has nothing to do with the title of the thread.

    Just a comment to

    Quote Originally Posted by Jill Dorchester View Post
    Are you referring to Saving Private Ryan? In that case, when Tom Hanks' character tells the Private to "make it count,"
    I remembered that the final words of Tom Hanks' character were "earn it". But I have found the same expression - make it count - commenting on the scene in other sites and blogs. However, I have watched the scene again and he says exactly "earn it".
    José Manuel Rosón Bravo

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    Re: What does the expression "Make it count" mean?

    To me, make it count and earn it represent different bits of advice representing the same general sentiment.

    Make it count, in my view, means 'do something meaningful with your life now that it has been saved.'

    Earn it, similarly, means 'do something to pay for all the lives lost saving you.'

    But they approach the idea -- ensuring the mission was not wasted -- in different ways that are not quite synonymous. In make it count, there is no sense that Ryan's life will start out in great debt, just that he should really cherish his life. In the second, the sense is that he is obliged to make it count, not for aesthetic reasons, but to repay a debt.

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