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auf jugendlich?

Can someone explain why the adjective/adverb jugendlich comes right after the preposition auf in "Ich malte und frisierte mich ein bisschen mehr auf jugendlich,"? Shouldn't it be a noun instead?

LG Jason

April 1, 2018

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There is an idiomatic expression "auf [XY (adjective or adverb)] machen". It means "do something in the style of [XY] (without success)", "pose as something".

It is very colloquial style. A few examples for illustration:

Er zog sich Lederklamotten an und wollte einen auf harter Rocker machen.
Sie wollte mit ihrer Brille auf intellektuell machen.

Or Karl Lagerfeld: "Ich hasse nichts mehr als Designer, die auf intellektuell machen." Source: http://www.zeit.de/zeit-magazin/mode-design/2014-05/karl-lagerfeld-interview

In your sentence, this general structure is applied to the verbs "malen" and "frisieren": Do something to give a certain impression.

April 1, 2018

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no it has to be an adjective. "ich mache auf" ... in this context means i pretend to be or i am trying to look/ appear like... so "er/sie macht auf jugendlich" would mean the person in question is trying to appear younger than he/ she actually is. how does he want to appear? youthful. therefore it needs to be an adjetive

April 1, 2018
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