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Autor:  Dale/CR
E-mail:  dale_thomas2004@yahoo.com.br
Data:  17/MAR/2009 12:02 PM
Assunto:  Make do with x settle for
 
Mensagem:  An interesting question!

I do not see a major difference between "We will have to settle for salad" and "We will have to make do with salad."  I've used them in various sentences, and they appear interchangeable in most situations.

Your friends are hungry.  All you have to offer them is salad. "We will have to settle for salad" or "We will have to make do with salad."

We are hungry.  All we have to eat is salad.  "We will have to settle for salad" or "We will have to make do with salad."

The boss has offered a small raise in pay.  There is no possibility of a larger wage increase.  "We will have to settle for it" or "We will have to make do with it." 

There are no large vacant rooms in the hotel, but there is a very small one.  "We will have to settle for it" or "We will have to make do with it." 

Whenever I think of an exception, it simply doesn't withstand a closer look. 


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
Make do with x settle for  –  Veggie  17/MAR/2009, 8:08 AM
 Make do with x settle for  –  Dale/CR  17/MAR/2009, 12:02 PM
Make do with x settle for  –  Veggie  17/MAR/2009, 1:36 PM
Make do with x settle for  –  Dale/CR  17/MAR/2009, 2:16 PM
Make do with x settle for  –  Veggie  17/MAR/2009, 3:34 PM

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