Which of the following sentences are grammatically correct? Which ones are formal, idiomatic and proper to use in writing an essay?
- What makes for a good job?
- What makes a good job?
- What does make a good job?
- What does make for a good job?
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To answer the questions you ask:
However, there's a question that hasn't been asked that should also be answered: "What's the difference between makes and makes for then?"
The phrase makes for has a more specific meaning that the word makes and in this context limits its definition to the following:
Asking "what makes for a good job?" is asking what causes (as a result) a job to be good and what maintains that goodness. Asking "what makes a good job?" expands the question to encompass its creation, development, composition, and so on.