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    making due

    Many downtown shops were closed today because of the outage but some businesses were making due as the day's bright sunshine offered some natural light.

    Hi,
    What does the bold expression mean, please?
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    Re: making due

    I think this is a typo. The article is referring to a power blackout that lasted a few days, and so people had to 'make do' with natural light.

    make do : manage with the limited or inadequate means/resources available.

    I wonder if this really is a typo, or this journalist has heard this said, and tried to use it. In Britain, we say "do" and "dyew' (due), just like we say 'tyune' (tune) but Americans say 'do' for 'due'; and so the journalist understood the person to say, not 'making do', but 'making due'.
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    Re: making due

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    Many downtown shops were closed today because of the outage but some businesses were making due as the day's bright sunshine offered some natural light.

    Hi,
    What does the bold expression mean, please?
    Thanks.
    The phrase is 'making do'. 'making do' means to manage/carry on with what you have. The situation or conditions are not ideal, but you do the best with what you have. Even though there was no electricity, some businesses were making do with the natural light from the sun.

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    Re: making due

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    The phrase is 'making do'. 'making do' means to manage/carry on with what you have. The situation or conditions are not ideal, but you do the best with what you have. Even though there was no electricity, some businesses were making do with the natural light from the sun.
    hi,
    does "to make do" and "to get by" mean the same?
    they are both phrasal verbs, right?
    thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    hi,
    does "to make do" and "to get by" mean the same?
    they are both phrasal verbs, right?
    thanks.
    The two phrasal verbs are very similar, and in this situation they are interchangeable. In some cases they might not be interchangeable, as "making do" emphasizes the action while "getting by" emphasizes the result.


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    #6

    Re: making due

    "making due" is what Mother Nature does on those cool summer nights.

    Is there a word for two words that have a different spelling but the same sound? There must be and I'm sure that's it's tucked away in the recesses of my brain but it eludes me right this moment. That leads to, is there a word for a triple word like, 'dew/due/do'?

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