Make is a very common verb which is used in many different ways. The past tense and -ed participle of make is made.
performing an action
Make is most often used to say that someone performs an action. For example, if someone suggests something, you can say that they make a suggestion. If someone promises something, you can say that they make a promise.
I think that I made the wrong decision.
He made a short speech.
Here is a list of common nouns that you can use with make
in this way:
Don't use ‘make’ when you are talking generally about action, rather than referring to a particular action. Instead use do. For example, if you are unsure what action to take, don't say ‘I don’t know what to make'. Say ‘I don’t know what to do'.
What are you going to do at the weekend?
You've done a lot to help us.
making an object or substance
If you make an object or substance, you construct or produce it.
Asha makes all her own clothes.
They make furniture out of recycled plastic.
You can also say that someone makes a meal or a drink.
I made some breakfast.
When make is used to talk about constructing or producing something, it can have an indirect object. You say that you make someone something, or make something for them.
I'll make you a drink.
She made a copy for her colleague.
making someone do something
If someone forces you to do something, you can say that they make you do it.
You've got to make him listen.
Mom made us clean up the mess.
In active sentences like these, don't use a to-infinitive after make. Don't say, for example, ‘You’ve got to make him to listen'.
However, in passive sentences you must use a to-infinitive.
They were made to pay for the damage.
One woman was made to wait more than an hour.
used to mean ‘be’
Make is sometimes used instead of ‘be’ to say how successful someone is in a particular job or role. For example, instead of saying ‘He will be a good prime minister’, you can say ‘He will make a good prime minister’.
You'll make a great teacher.
They made a good team.