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    make of it, keep up

    Dear teachers,

    I have three questions to ask:

    No.1
    I don't know what to make _____ it.
    The key is "of". If the sentence is: I don't know what to make it______. Then the key should be "out". Is that right? I can say "to make it of " if "of " is followed by a noun. Is that right?

    No.2
    If you keep _____ it, you're sure to improve.
    The key is "at". I think it bears the same meaning with "If you keep up.....". Is that right?

    No.3
    You shouldn't keep everything to yourself.
    In only know I can say "keep yourself to yourself" which means "to live a quiet and private life". My question is: Is "to keep everything to yourself" another phrase?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: make of it, keep up

    [quote=jiang;380618]Dear teachers,

    I have three questions to ask:

    No.1
    I don't know what to make of it.
    I don't know what to make it out.

    No.2
    See keep up - Idioms - by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

    No.3
    to keep everything to yourself = to hold in your feelings; to not share information or things

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    Re: make of it, keep up

    Hi,
    I understand No.2 and No.3.
    The following is from dictionary online:

    The numbers are too small - I can't make them out at all.

    Could you please explain why I can say "make them out" but I can't say "make it out"?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    [quote=Soup;380697]
    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,

    I have three questions to ask:

    No.1
    I don't know what to make of it.
    I don't know what to make it out.

    No.2
    See keep up - Idioms - by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

    No.3
    to keep everything to yourself = to hold in your feelings; to not share information or things

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    Re: make of it, keep up

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Hi,
    I understand No.2 and No.3.
    The following is from dictionary online:

    The numbers are too small - I can't make them out at all.

    Could you please explain why I can say "make them out" but I can't say "make it out"?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    You can use the expression 'make it out', but not in the sentence that Soup marked wrong.

    I don't know what to make it out.

    but

    I can't make it out.

    b

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