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Well, let's make it some other time.
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Sentence #43016

Well, let's make it some other time.
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Nun, machen wir's zu einem anderen Zeitpunkt.
Nun, lass es uns ein andermal tun.
Nu, ni faru tion je alia fojo.
Eh bien, faisons-le une autre fois !
それでは 、 また の 機会(きかい) という こと に 。
Хорошо, давайте сделаем это в другой раз.
Ладно, давайте передвинем это на другое время.


Feb 8th 2015, 14:01
"make it" isn't "do it", so what is the speaker talking about? Is it literal or is it figurative usage of "make it"?
Feb 8th 2015, 14:12
We sometimes use a sentence like this to mean something like the following.

Let's schedule it for some other time.
Feb 8th 2015, 14:14 - edited Feb 8th 2015, 14:14
So one can understand that "it" refers to the time here, while if "do" was used instead, then "it" would refer to the activity. (It's possible to use "do" here, isn't it? Would there be any difference if you did?)
Feb 8th 2015, 17:00
One could instead say, "Let's make it some other time." or "Let's schedule it for some other time." or "Let's do it some other time." and the meaning would be the same.

I think few people would consider precisely what "it" is. These are expressions, and we don't really care what exactly the pronoun refers to as long as we know what the entire statement means. :-)
Feb 8th 2015, 17:23 - edited Feb 8th 2015, 17:26
I like to have my language intuitions formalised. It has certainly worked to enhance understanding for me; you can talk about things being same when speaking a language, but when you translate between two different languages, things are no longer same as a small difference could easily call for a different wording. (E.g. among the Russian translations here, the former focuses on "do it again", while the one I posted upon inquiring focuses on "reschedule it for later". By taking note of both possibilities, a finer understanding is reached.)

Thank you for the answer.