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I have a question of using the object of 'make' verb. Does the sentences below mean the same ?

  1. Her appearance makes it a nice day.

  2. Her appearance makes a day nice.

  3. Her appearance makes for a nice day.

The additional question : why "it" occurs in the sentence 1. ?

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    Your question is unclear. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Nov 2 '16 at 18:11
  • Please use the edit link to tell what you are asking about. Both sentences are valid in English, if a little odd. We need to know what you are trying to communicate before we can provide a useful answer. – P. E. Dant Reinstate Monica Nov 2 '16 at 18:34
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They all have the approximate meaning "I like to see her".

Thorny underbrush makes for slow going.

Rote repetition makes for boredom.

Darkness makes it hard to see.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Her laugh makes you want to scream.

Practice makes perfect.

As we can see from these examples, make for (because of the preposition for) wants a nominal complement.

make can take

a nominal complement followed by its own complement (it hard to see)

a nominal + infinitive-phrase complement (the heart grow fonder, you want to scream)

an adjective complement (perfect)

"it" is a proxy or placeholder referring to "things (as they are)". Read about "dummy it" or "expletive it".

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