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Ivan Fadeev
Posted: Sunday, May 9, 2021 7:00:19 AM

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If a person is trying to make an impression on someone by presenting themselves as someone or something they are not. Maybe they pretend to be an expert on something while they are not. Would it be OK to say to them?

- What are you making of yourself?



Sarrriesfan
Posted: Sunday, May 9, 2021 7:43:04 AM

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Ivan Fadeev wrote:
If a person is trying to make an impression on someone by presenting themselves as someone or something they are not. Maybe they pretend to be an expert on something while they are not. Would it be OK to say to them?

- What are you making of yourself?





No “to make something of yourself” is an idiom meaning to become successful, you can’t use “making of yourself” in to mean that.
“What are you trying to make yourself out to be” is a phrase that expresses the idea you are thinking of.
https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/make+out+to+be
Ivan Fadeev
Posted: Sunday, May 9, 2021 9:04:11 AM

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I have found this https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/(do)+(you)+want+to+make+something+of+it%3f

but didn't find "make something of oneself". Could you give some examples? How can it be used?
FounDit
Posted: Sunday, May 9, 2021 10:30:40 AM

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Ivan Fadeev wrote:
I have found this https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/(do)+(you)+want+to+make+something+of+it%3f

but didn't find "make something of oneself". Could you give some examples? How can it be used?


"Do you want to make something of it?" is usually a challenge. It is often said when another person takes offense to something you said, or did, and confronts you with it. Your response might be, "Do you want to make something of it?" This can mean anything from an argument to a physical confrontation. It's usually the actions of young people in their teenage years.

To "make something of yourself" usually means to become successful, as Sarriesfan says.

But for your original question about trying to impress others, we'd often say something like, "What are you trying to be?" or, "Who are you making yourself out to be?". Both of these convey the idea of trying to appear to be something you are not.

thar
Posted: Sunday, May 9, 2021 10:43:27 AM

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Ivan Fadeev wrote:
I have found this https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/(do)+(you)+want+to+make+something+of+it%3f

but didn't find "make something of oneself". Could you give some examples? How can it be used?



https://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/make-something-of-yourself

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/make%20something%20of%20%28oneself%29
Wilmar (USA) 1M
Posted: Sunday, May 9, 2021 1:16:45 PM

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"Who are you pretending to be?" (Yes, people say this. And they don't mean it in a nice way.)

idiom -- TFD idioms: https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/pretend+to+(something)
pretend to (something)
To feign or claim to have some quality, skill, or characteristic.
Jonathan pretends to the palate of a connoisseur, but really he's just pretentious.
I like to write, but couldn't pretend to the kind of talent she has.
See also: pretend, to
Ivan Fadeev
Posted: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 5:01:41 AM

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FounDit wrote:

But for your original question about trying to impress others, we'd often say something like, "What are you trying to be?"


Can "What are you trying to be?" mean a neutral thing like what are you studying to be? What occupation do you want to have in the future?
FounDit
Posted: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 11:18:50 AM

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Ivan Fadeev wrote:
FounDit wrote:

But for your original question about trying to impress others, we'd often say something like, "What are you trying to be?"


Can "What are you trying to be?" mean a neutral thing like what are you studying to be? What occupation do you want to have in the future?


No, because when said this way, the sense of "trying to be" is one of faking. It's not genuine. Your question would be the type we'd ask, "What are you studying to be?", or "What do you want to be in the future/when you grow up/when you finish your schooling?"
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