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Tell me please if I have to use make or make up in the following context.

To make sure you have a good understanding of how to use the present simple, I want you to make (up) a few sentences in it.

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  • Please look up words before asking. make up is to invent. We write sentences in English, we don't make them
    – Lambie
    Jul 3, 2023 at 15:11

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The phrasal verb "to make up" means "to compose in mind, to bring to existence" (it means a lot more than that but let's stick to the context) whereas "to make" commonly means "to create, build, start, do, produce, process, compose physically".

In your case the sentences don't exist so one needs to "make them up".

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  • Very clear indeed.
    – Lambie
    Oct 31, 2023 at 15:50

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