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Phrasal Verbs

make up (1)

This page is about the phrasal verb make up (1)


to invent a story or think of an explanation for something


think up, invent

For example

  • make up sth Rebecca's teacher says that she's very good at making up stories.

  • make sth up Gary admitted that the story wasn't true. He'd made the whole thing up.

Nouns often used as objects with make up (1): story, excuse, explanation

Quick Quiz

Justin's really good at making up stories. He could be

a. a builder

b. a make-up artist

c. a script writer
a) a builder b) a make-up artist c) a script writer

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