Structures with make, mean and miss
Make a good
This structure is often used to talk about what somebody or something becomes or does.
- She will make a good daughter-in-law. (= She will be a good daughter-in-law.)
- I don’t think that he will make a good husband. (= I don’t think that he will be a good husband.)
- She will make a good writer.
- Alsatians make good pet dogs.
We can put an indirect object into this structure.
- She made him a good wife. (= She was a good wife to him.)
- He made us a good boss. (= He was a good boss to us.)
I mean can be used as a discourse marker.
- It was a good job – I mean, the money was okay.
- She is funny – I mean she is really weird.
I mean can also be used to introduce corrections.
- She lives in Bombay – I mean New Bombay.
What do you mean…?
This structure can be used to express anger or protest.
- What do you mean by using my computer without my permission?
- What do you mean, I can’t dance?
- What do you mean by this stupid laugh?
Miss is used to express the idea of failing to contact somebody/something or being late for somebody/something
- He shot at the tiger but missed.
- We were late because we missed the train.
- She threw a vase at me but missed. (= The vase didn’t hit me.)
Miss can also mean ‘be sorry to be without’. In this case, miss is followed by a noun or an –ing form.
- I will always miss you.
- I miss living in the city.