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vkhu
Posted: Saturday, February 03, 2018 4:24:02 AM
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And Clifford decided that Hilda, after all, was a decidedly intelligent woman, and would make a man a first-rate helpmate, if he were going in for politics for example.

The excerpt comes from here: https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/l/lawrence/dh/l41l/chapter16.html

This sentence is confusing. Why would Clifford think Hilda would turn any man into an excellent helper if that man ever got into politics? Shouldn't it be Hilda herself would be an excellent partner to her man if he were to get involved in politics?
thar
Posted: Saturday, February 03, 2018 5:22:36 AM

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She makes a good help-mate.
She makes tea.


She makes him a good help-mate.
She makes him tea.
vkhu
Posted: Saturday, February 03, 2018 5:46:57 AM
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thar wrote:
She makes a good help-mate.
She makes tea.


She makes him a good help-mate.
She makes him tea.


That's a pretty unusual use of the structure. Isn't making someone something supposed to be used for inanimated objects?
thar
Posted: Saturday, February 03, 2018 6:17:15 AM

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Well, the usage if 'make' is not the same here, but the point here is that the indirect object is inserted in the middle.


It doesn't matter that the verb is an u usual form.
Eg
She will make a good teacher.


The meaning is as you deduced it must be.



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