Different Uses Of ‘Make’ As A Delexical Verb

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There are some common verbs like ‘have’, take, go, make, do’ which are called Delexical verbs. They are used with certain particular nouns where they have very little meaning of their own. In other words, in these sentence structures, most of the meaning is found in the noun, not in the verb (delexical one). In addition, the particular noun, not the verb, carries the meaning. The knowledge and understanding of delexical verbs is very important in learning and having fluency in English as these structures are very common in the language. Remember, little things in all cases play vital role, so does dexical verb in spoken English. In the previous lessons, we discussed about the usages of delexical verbs take, go, do, have and give. Today’s lesson is on the uses of another such verb ‘Make’.
Delexical verb ‘Make’ is mainly used with key words ‘talking and sounds’ as well as ‘plans’. Details on this are given below :

A. Used with key word talking and sounds like ‘a comment, an enquiry, a noise, a point, a promise, a sound, a speech, a suggestion. See the following sentences :
1. Minority leader Priya Saha made a strange comment on the minority abuses in Bangladesh.
2. Please make a comment on the so called child kidnappers debate.
3. Always refrain from making fake comments on social media.
4. Please make a promise that our relationship will see the light.
5. Our father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman made a historical speech on March 7, 1971.

B : Used with key word ‘plans such as arrangements, a choice, a decision, a plan, plans, an appointment, a date etc. see the examples below :
1. The arrangement made for the event was not so good.
2. We some friends have just made an arrangements to meet next week at DU campus.
3. You have to make a quick decision about whether you will keep the job or not.
4. We need to make (set or fix) a date for our next meeting.
5. You must make a clear plan about your career goals. Otherwise, you will fail to reach the ultimate target.

Note : Now try to make some sentences by yourself using ‘make’ as a delexical verb. If you like this article please share it with friends and fellows.  For more stories on English learning and other related stories please visit our platform https://campusplanet.net

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