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Compendium of Confusing Phrases that Took Me Reading Twice to Make Out

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Confusing phrases below are the collection of certain phrases, I found difficult in understanding in first read. If you get to know them correctly, they can be useful in beautifying your written expression. At, times you might mistake these phrases for some thing they don’t actually stand for. So, read on:

1. Something You Please

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2. Make Out

Here is how Collins Dictionary Explains about ‘make out’
(i)If you make something out, you manage with difficulty to see or hear it.
(ii)If you try to make something out, you try to understand it or decide whether or not it is true.
(iii)If you make out that something is the case or make something out to be the case, you try to cause people to believe that it is the case.
Examples: 
They were trying to make out that I’d actually done it. 
I don’t think it was as glorious as everybody made it out to be.
He’s more business-minded than he makes himself out to be. 
He was never half as bad as his teachers made out. 
(iv)If you make out a case for something, you try to establish or prove that it is the best thing to do.
Examples: 
You could certainly make out a case for this point of view. 
Alice continued making out her case. 
(v)When you make out a cheque, receipt, or order form, you write all the necessary information on it.
Examples: 
If you would like to send a donation, you can make a cheque out to Feed the Children. 
I’m going to make out a receipt for you. 
(vi) If you ask how someone is making out, you are asking how well they are doing with a particular task, or in their life in general.

Examples:

Who is making out better right now? 
Bob turned over to sleep again, wondering how Jupiter and Pete were making out. 
(vii) If two people are making out, they are engaged in sexual activity. [mainly USinformal]
Example:
The investigation was in possession of some pictures of the couple making out on the beach.

3. You’ve Got Another Think Coming

This phrase has to be paid due attention given the fact, that people often use “another thing coming”.  which is wrong. However, the ‘another thing coming’ version has become so commonplace that it can only be a matter of time before it becomes accepted. There are also views that “another thing coming” is also correct.
When someone says “if you think that, you’ve got another think coming” what the speaker is meaning is “if you think that, then your thought is wrong, you need to have another one”.

4. They Say that..

You might come across sentences like “people say that success never comes easy”, which is not correct version. Instead, the correct version is “they say that success never comes easy”. Lets see few other examples;

“They say that every snowflake is different. If that were true, how could the world go on? How could we ever get up off our knees? How could we ever recover from the wonder of it?   … Jeanette Winterson

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