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Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017 7:05:23 AM
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Hello, everyone,

My question is mosty for American English speakers. If I say to an American "Let's make it up, please" will they understand me as "let's become friends again after a disagreement/argument/fight"? Or could there be any misinterpretations? I heard that in British English they use it a lot like "let's kiss and make up please" but I'm not sure about American English. And what would be the most natural way to put it (let's stop our fight) in American English?

Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017 5:51:09 AM
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I answered this before, but then deleted it because I expected an AE speaker to respond.

As they haven't yet, I'm going to repeat what I said: In Standard English (i.e. both British and American) we don't say we want to make "it" up. We use "make up".

However, it's improbable that a native speaker would say "Let's make up please" because the phrase "make up" has lots of other meanings - as does the phrase "make it up".

We'd use different ways to say this in modern Standard English using "Let's":

"Let's forget our differences."
"Let's stop fighting."
"Let's be friends again."
"Let's forget this silly argument." etc.

Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 9:57:55 AM
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Thank you!
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