– Adjectival Phrases – Letter M –
- (to) Have The Makings Of (something) – This is an Idiomatic and Prepositional Adjectival Phrase which is used to describe a person who has the proper qualities 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)…
“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 very wealthy.”
(to be) Made Of Money – This is an idiomatic adjectival phrase which is used to say that a person has so a really really huge amount of money… “After unleashing his new method of teaching English or what he calls “The Common Tongue”, Claude became so incredibly wealthy, it’s like he’s *made of money*! He doesn’t ever have to worry about anything having to do with money or finances ever again!”
- (to be) Mind–Boggling – This is an Idiomatic Adjectival Phrase which is used to describe something (usually something seen or heard) that is so amazing or surprising (either for “good” or “bad”) that is causes one to be so confused that he or she is not able to formulate his or her thoughts for a moment…
“The amount of money that Mark Zuckerberg has made from a free website is just mind-boggling!”
(to have) Money To Burn – This is an idiomatic adjectival phrase – not a phrasal verb – because it is describing a condition rather than indicating an action. If someone *has money to burn* this insinuates that the person has so much money (for his or her lifestyle) that he or she could actually burn it (not all of it of course) and it would not negatively affect him or her… In other words, this person does not have to worry about how much he or she spends because he or she has more money (or so he.she thinks) than he or she could spend in one lifetime… or just doesn’t care.
- (to be) Open-Minded – This is an Idiomatic Phrasal Adjective that is used to describe a person (or group) who is “open” to (willing to consider and accept) new ideas, different things or concepts, even if those things or concepts are unfamiliar to him or her, or that it means he or she may have to change his or her mind or say that he or she is/was wrong about something. In other words, a mature person who shows a certain depth of wisdom.