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    the bed was made

    The bed was made and several hockey trophies and team pictures were displayed on a shelf.

    Hi,
    Is the expression in bold standard English, please. Can I say "the room/shelf/desk/table was made" to mean that the object has been cleaned and sorted out? Could you provide some examples of "to make" being used in the same way, please?
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    Re: the bed was made

    This specific usage of the verb "to make" is rather dialectal and should not be deemed stadard English. True, in some parts of the U.K., you will actually hear a speaker say that "the bed is done", but it sounds rather incorrect.
    I would go more for the verb "to lay out".
    --> I laid out the bed finally. Now everything is in (its) place.
    Also you could use "to finish", albeit it has a more general meaning.
    --> I finished the bed (= the bed was arranged)

    In addition if you want to sound a bit more regional, i.e. British, you could definitely avail of "to fettle" meaning "to arrange" to set up in order or "to settle".

    "To make", on the other hand, conveys the idea of creating or constructing. So to me a sentence like "the bed mas made" sounds like " the bed was finally ready to be used (= in the sense the it has gone through the process of being prepared/built for other people to use it)

    Hope that hepls,

    All the best.

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    Re: the bed was made

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    The bed was made and several hockey trophies and team pictures were displayed on a shelf.

    Hi,
    Is the expression in bold standard English, please. Can I say "the room/shelf/desk/table was made" to mean that the object has been cleaned and sorted out? Could you provide some examples of "to make" being used in the same way, please?
    Thanks.
    No, you can only use it with beds.
    I'm not sure why dariomatty wants to label it non-standard. It's almost the only way we say it. You can "make/makeup/do" the bed. I'm unfamiliar with the other terms suggested.

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    Re: the bed was made

    In the US, you "make the bed" by pulling up the sheets and other coverings so everything is tidy looking after you get up. You "make up the bed" by putting the clean sheets on, and the blankets, etc.

    If you have a guest staying, you may have to go "make up the guest bed." In the morning, you may ask your kids if they've "made their beds" before coming in for breakfast.

    {not a teacher}

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