Mark Shimada

English Phrasal Verb Practice for “make up” and “make out”

In a big city, there was a boy named Max. Max liked to make up things [ inventarsi cose ]. He had a big imagination. 

One day, Max was late for school. His teacher asked him why. He made up a story [ si inventò una storia ] about saving a turtle at the pond. His teacher smiled. She knew Max liked to make up stories [ a Max piaceva inventare frottole ].

That same day, his sister, Lily, was invited to a birthday party. But, she didn't want to go. She made up an excuse [ si inventò una scusa ]. She told her friends that she had to study for a test. She really wanted to read her new book.

At school, Max argued with his best friend. They got upset at each other. But, after school, they made up [ fecero pace ]. "Friends should not be mad for long," Max said, and Ben nodded in agreement.

Lily felt guilty for not going to the party. She wanted to make up for it [ voleva rimediare ]. She invited her friends to her home. She made up for missing her friend's birthday by wrapping her a gift.

Before her friends came, Lily spent some time making herself up [ truccarsi ]. She liked different cosmetics and hairstyles. 

During the party, Max did his homework. He was studying about the human body for his science class. He read that water makes up [ l’acqua costituisce ] about 70% of the body.  Just then he remembered his science teacher. She said, "students make up [ gli studenti sono la maggior parte ] the majority of the city’s clean-up crew." He forgot about helping. So he ran out the door.

In the evening, Max and Lily's parents went out for a walk in the park. They saw some friends, but they couldn’t make out who [ ricordare ] it was.Then they saw a young couple making out [ una coppia che si baciava ] under a tree. They smiled and remembered their own young love.

The next day, Max had a dentist appointment. When he came home, his mother asked, "How did you make out  [ com’è andata ] at the dentist?" Max replied with a big smile. "It went well, no cavities!"

Lily, on the other hand, was filling out a form for a library card. "Can you help me make out this form [ compilare questo modulo ]?" she asked Max. Together, they filled in the information.

Tonight Max didn’t have to make up new stories [ inventarsi storie nuove ]. He had many real stories to tell now.


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