Make + [noun] + [adjective] is a common sentence pattern in English. It is used when something causes a change or a feeling.
Studying makes him sleepy.
It makes me angry when people text while driving.
The snow made the plane late.
The rules below also work for make + [n] + [n]. This changes something or someone to a higher position or different condition.
Our boss made her the team leader.
Our tour guide made the vacation a pleasure.
You can see that there are no prepositions, infinitives, or gerunds after make.
I want my children to be healthy.
Playing outside makes children healthy.
They complained about the dogs being dirty.
The dogs really made this room dirty.
Common errors are…
- Adding a preposition or another verb
Please make the test
Eating fast food made us
- Using the wrong verb
The new curtains do the kitchen more colorful. (make)
Giving a speech gets me nervous. (makes)
(You might hear this, but we generally use get + [n] + [adj] for a gradual or natural change. The weather is getting hotter every day.)
- Forgetting the noun
His ability to understand people made ___ very successful in business. (him)
Editing: Always check that the verb make has the correct number of ‘complements.’
If you are using a computer, use the Find feature (Ctrl+F) to focus on only this verb. If it has the same meaning as “change,” check that you have the object changed, and the way it is changed. Double-check those small words like prepositions!
Remember that there a lot of different ways to use make.
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