(to) “Have The Makings Of” (Something)

Today’s “Tid-Bit” — the phrase (to) “Have The Makings Of” (something) — is an Idiomatic Adjectival Verb-Phrase (I bet you didn’t know there was such a thing…) which comes to us from the the GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! Lexis Portal.

This Phrase…

Is an is used to describe a person who has the proper “qualities” (the “makings”) and skills necessary to become something or to fulfill the duties “of” some position.

The word “makings” is an example of creatively turning a verb into a noun as a way of saying that the person has the necessary qualities, skills, attributes, etc. in order to “Make” a good… (whatever)

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“He has the makings of someday becoming a great leader.  He is courageous, determined, idealistic yet rational – and frankly, people just like him.  It also doesn’t hurt that his parents are incredibly wealthy.”

(Translation:  he has everything necessary to become a leader without really having to work hard to achieve that status.)

And that’s that!  I hope you enjoyed today’s short little “Tid-Bit”, and I hope that it can be helpful for you in comprehending what the heck people are talking about when they use this phrase.

Let me know if you have any questions about this or any other phrase which you have heard which does not make much sense…

The English language is full of them!

Have An Excellent Day!




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