LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||22/ABR/2010 6:49 PM|
|Assunto:||to Dale, how about: "make do"|
Sid did a great job impersonating me, but her answer was more complete than the ones I normally give. It´s a common expression. I wish I could recall the words to an expression I´ve heard several times but not for several years. It went something like, "Wear out, fix it, make do, or do without."
To wear out = To use something until it cannot be used anymore. (I wore out my car driving 2000 km each week. The children are full of energy, and they often wear me out. I used the coat for years until it finally wore out.)
To fix = to repair, mend (Can you fix the leaking faucet for me? The mechanic fixed the radiator. She said she would mend the hole in my coat.)
To make do = to make the best use possible of what is available (I don´t have another bed for you, so the couch will have to make do - so you´ll have to make do with the couch - so you´ll have to make do sleeping on the couch.)
To do without = to continue to function without something that is missing (There is no coffee, so this morning we will have to do without. He came from a poor family, and he had to do without a good education. I hate to see you do without a comfortable place to sleep.)
Fran, "this should make do" is possibly accurate. He did not have "A", but he believed that "B" would suffice although it was not as good as "A".
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