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    to make up (for)

    - The classes lost (missed?) during the last semester havenīt been made up yet.
    - The classes....... havenīt been made up for yet.
    Is it mandatory to use the preposition for? What about the verb: to lose or to miss?


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    Re: to make up (for)

    It should be "the classes missed last semester haven't been made up yet."

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    Re: to make up (for)

    But could you explain to me why I have to drop the preposition for? In the active voice, it would be The teachers havenīt made up for the classes we missed last semester. Thanks, in advance.

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    Re: to make up (for)

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    But could you explain to me why I have to drop the preposition for? In the active voice, it would be The teachers havenīt made up for the classes we missed last semester. Thanks, in advance.
    I think there are many ways you could say this. It depends on what your meaning is.

    "You have to make up the classes." You have to do the actual classes that you missed.
    "You have to make up for the classes." You have to put in extra work dealing with the work covered in the classes, but you don't necessarily have to take the actual classes.
    Classes are generally "missed", but "lost" can be used.
    "We'll have to make up for the class we lost on the 4th July holiday." In this case, the class wasn't scheduled, so it wasn't missed. But you did lose a day of school, and you lost that class.
    Usage would vary in different places.

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