Phrasal Verbs: to make up

Some phrasal verbs have many meanings. ‘To make up’ can be:
1. to invent or story, or say something that is not true.
2. to put on makeup (maquiller)
3. to reconcile – become friends again after an argument

Watch the video for the pronunciation, then choose what the correct meaning of ‘make up’ is in the following sentences:

You don't have to make up,  you always look fantastic!

No I'm not making it up, it really happened...

Actually, I don't know the answer, I just made it up.

The actor's face had been made up so he looked a lot older than he really was.

After a long period of silence, the two countries have now officially made up and are looking forward to a new era of cooperation.

31 thoughts on “Phrasal Verbs: to make up

  1. natachayoumbai

    bonjour les exercices sont tres interessantes ils nous aident a faire des efforts pour comprendre merci beaucoup bonne nuit

  2. profanglais Post author

    ‘franglais’ is a result of mixing French and English. It’s only by learning complete sentences and expressions that we can make our language sound close to a native speaker’s. I’ll try to put more videos with phrasal verbs, then can you sound more natural, too. Good luck!

  3. profanglais Post author

    What’s your definition of a phrasal verb, then? It’s quite possible that I’m wrong, after all, English is my first language so I never had to bother learning them when I was a kid! For me, ‘look’ is a verb, it means what I do with my eyes (a very crude definition, I know). ‘look up’ in the sense of directing my eyes somewhere higher than myself, is not a phrasal verb because it still means ‘what I do with my eyes’. I think that grammarians call this a ‘prepositional verb’. However, ‘look after’ is not something that I do with my eyes, so the phrase, verb+preposition means something different to the verb on its own.
    thanks very much for the content, I hope it gave you a little advertising.

  4. Chris Hoffman

    I don’t quite agree that look after is a phrasal, Jonathan…,just as look into, look through
    But I would say that “look up” or “down” are…
    Im Chris, the writer of the centerblog blog you have used recently. I also teach English

  5. mohamed

    hey to you mister jhonatan ,how it’s goin ,i’m gleeful to be writting you this letter ,just want to take this time out to thanks for all effort you’re doin to me.thanks again for this phrasal verbs,i’ll get on with it ok.may GOD protect you for your life.

  6. Marie-France Martinez

    Yes, thanks a lot for the phrasal verbs explanations. It is my weakness in English as well as colocations.


  7. Sylvie

    thanks too much for this kind of exercise that helps us know the different meaning of words and memorize them good.

  8. Asse

    Hi Prof,
    Please put the examples. This can help me also and more explanation. Thank you for all you do for us
    Have a nice day

  9. profanglais Post author

    You’re right, Armelle, think of phrasal verbs as part of the English lexicon (vocabluary etc) and not as a grammar point. I’ll put some more examples up soon!

  10. Armelle

    thanks you – I have difficulty with phrasal
    verbs I think than I must learn them by

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