The Argument Phrasal verbs with make Aunt Agather phoned my Uncle Bob. She said she wanted to stay for a few days. He said he could make up



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The Argument Phrasal verbs with make

Aunt Agather phoned my Uncle Bob. She said she wanted to stay for a few days. He said he could make up the spare bed, or make up the futon in the sitting room. She couldn’t make up her mind which she preferred, the futon or the spare bed. After an hour he got a bit annoyed. They had an argument and she hung up. But she likes Uncle Bob so she decided to make up. She drove to see him, but she got held up in a traffic jam. So she drove fast to try to make up time. Then she realised she was being followed. The car had some letters on it, but she couldn’t make them out. Pol...Poli... what was it? Police! The police car stopped her. Aunt Agather panicked; she decided to make up a story to explain why she had been speeding. She made out she was a doctor. “I’m a doctor” She explained “I was going to the hospital. It’s an emergency.” She showed the policeman her licence, but it was a very bad photocopy. He couldn’t make it out. “Bill, can you make this out, what does it say?” His partner couldn’t make it out either. “What do you make of her story?” They eventually decide to let her go. She made for the first pub to have a big drink. She met Uncle Bob. They soon made up. He offered to buy her a drink. “What would you like, beer of wine?” “Oh, beer or wine, I don’t know, beer or wine, hmmme, I can’t make up my mind.” They were there for a long time.

hung up: ended the telephone call held up in traffic: delayed

Exercise 1. Match the phrasal verb with the definition



  1. Make up a story

  2. Make up after an argument

  3. Make up lost time

  4. Make for somewhere

  5. Make up your mind

  6. Make something out

  7. Make of someone

  8. Make out you are someone or something

  9. Make up a spare bed




  1. Go in the direction of

  2. Invent a story

  3. Distinguish or see clearly

  4. Pretend to be something you are not

  5. Decide after much thought

  6. Recover

  7. Become friends again

  8. Have an opinion of someone

  9. Prepare a bed not normally used (for a guest)

Read through the story with a partner and see if you can remember which verbs go in each gap.

DO NOT WRITE anything in the gaps. Then you can reuse it again and again

Aunt Agather phoned my Uncle. She said she wanted to stay for a few days. He said he could __________ the spare bed, or make up the futon in the sitting room. She couldn’t __________ which she preferred, the futon or the spare bed. After an hour I got a bit annoyed. They had an argument and she hung up. She decided to__________, so she drove to see him, but she got held up in a traffic jam. So she drove fast to try to __________ time. Then she realised she was being followed. The car had some letters on it, but she couldn’t __________ them __________. “Pol..........Poli....... what was it?” Police! The police car stopped her. Aunt Agather panicked, she decided to __________ a story to explain why she had been speeding. She __________ she was a doctor. “I’m a doctor” She explained “I was going to the hospital. It’s an emergency.” She showed the policeman her licence, but it was a very bad photocopy. He couldn’t __________ it__________. “Bill, can you __________ this__________, what does it say?” His partner couldn’t ____ it out either. “What do you __________ her story?” They eventually decide to let her go. She __________ the first pub to have a big drink. She met Uncle Bob. They soon__________. He offered to buy her a drink. “What would you like, beer of wine?” “Oh, beer or wine, I don’t know, beer or wine, hmmme, I can’t__________.” They were there for a long time.

Exercise 3. In pairs, ask each other these questions. You must use the phrasal verbs in your answer, and you must both answer the question.


  1. Can you make up a story that your classmates will believe?

  2. What do you make of your classmates’s stories?

  3. Are you good at making up your mind?

  4. Do you find it difficult or easy to make up with someone after an argument?

Dominic Streames efltheatreclub.co.uk © 2011






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