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    to make up (for)

    The classes lost during the strike havenīt been made up (for) yet.
    Can I drop the preposition (or is it a particle?) for?

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    Smile Re: to make up (for)

    Hey beachboy, insteresting question...

    Whether you dont mind... I am following this thread.

    once both "to make up" and "to make up for" mean "to compensate for (something)" ... I'm guessing the preposition could be dropped.

    Let's wait for a teacher's comment.

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    Re: to make up (for)

    Thanks for helping, Marcio. But now I have two more questions...
    1) Classes lost or classes missed?
    2) Whether you donīt mind or if you donīt mind? (If itīs a conditional, whether canīt be used...)
    Last edited by beachboy; 12-Dec-2008 at 08:00. Reason: to clarify

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    Smile Re: to make up (for)

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    Thanks for helping, Marcio. But now I have two more questions...
    1) Classes lost or classes missed?
    2) Whether you donīt mind or if you donīt mind? (If itīs a conditional, whether canīt be used...)
    You have missed some classes this year.
    You just missed the bus!
    He's lost the keys, he can't go out.
    I've lost my birth certificate.

    Missing is often used as an adjective, meaning 'lost'.

    When did you realise that the money was missing?
    The missing children were found at their aunt's house.


    As far as I know, whether can be used as you prefer, but not if. Some may say they are used interchangeably. Have a look at these rules:

    1) If an indirect question is fronted, whether is used:
    Whether I'll have time I'm not sure at the moment.

    2) After prepositions, only whether is possible:
    I haven't settled the question of whether I'll go back home.

    3) Whether, but not if, is used before to-infinitives:
    They can't decide whether to get married now or wait.
    Last edited by Offroad; 12-Dec-2008 at 10:39.

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    Re: to make up (for)

    I read the first sentence in a book, and found strange both the verb (lost) and the absence of preposition/particle (for). I think that sentence you wrote (whether you donīt mind) is a conditional, so Iīd use if, instead of whether. But, you know, sometimes grammar says one thing, and usage says another, so letīs wait and see (read) what natives/teachers say... Your three examples with whether are perfect.

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