“Jane wanted me to tell you that she's sorry she couldn't make it.”

A friend invited you and your wife out for dinner with a group of people. Your wife had to work, so she gave you a message to tell to your friend. You say this, relaying the message.

Jane wanted me to tell you that she's sorry she couldn't make it.

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(someone) wanted me to tell you that (clause)

This is a phrase that you use to pass messages between people. If someone gives you a message like "Tell Don I like his hair", you pass the message to that person like this:

She wanted me to tell you that she liked your hair.

You might be confused about whether to use past tense or present tense in the message that you pass. The example at top uses present tense ("she's sorry"), while the example just above uses past tense ("she liked your hair"). There are rules for which one to use, but they're complicated and not that important. If you really want to know which to use, ask me in the comments below.

make it to (somewhere)

The phrase "make it to ___" means to come to somewhere. You use this to talk about attending events or meeting people. There are a few situations that you can use "make it" in:

  • When you're telling someone that you won't come to an event, party or meeting:
    I'm really sorry, but I won't be able to make it to New York next month.
  • When someone comes to an event that you didn't expect them to come to, you show that you're surprised and happy:
    "Oh, you made it!"
  • When you ask someone if they're going to come to a meeting, party, or event:
    "We're going to have some people over for dinner on Saturday. We'd love it if you could make it."