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Dear Ted:

Is there a difference between "to get the most out of a situation" and "to make the most of a situation"?

If so, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

Thank you,

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Is there a difference between "to get the most out of a situation" and "to make the most of a situation"?

*** There is essentially no different between the two.

get the most out of someone or something

to achieve the greatest output of work, effort, production, etc., out of someone or something. I do what I can to get the most out of life. I try to get the most out of my employees.

*** For "make the most of," there are many examples at this site:

http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/make+the+most+of

Ted

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