Make vs Do

Make vs do

in English, there are some pairs of words that are confusing. This confusion comes from the fact that they have similar meaning but different usage. Examples of these are: lay vs lie, make vs do, rob vs steal etc.
This lesson is about: Make and Do.

  • Make

1- Often means ‘create‘ or ‘produce

Renault cars are made in France.

2- or sometimes it expresses the idea of building and constructing

Corporations are making a huge number of products in today’s worlds.

I’ve made us some coffee.

3- To describe a process of change. It is like ‘become‘ or ‘cause to be

This music really makes me upset.

4- Make + object + Infinitive (without to) means’ force or command

My mother made me clean my room

  • Do

1- Often used to  ‘describe an activity‘ or ‘complete a task

  • What are we going to do for your birthday? (take part in an activity)
  • You can go out, once you’ve done your homework.

2- Do + Determiner + ing describes regular tasks at home or at work.

We do the shopping every Sunday.

  • Collocation with ‘make’

an attempt
an appearance
an appointment (arrange)
arrangement
a bed
a (phone) call
a charge (for something)
a choice
a comment
a contribution
a decision
a difference
discovery
an effort
an enemy of somebody
an inquiry
an exception
an excuse
a fire
a fortune
friends (with somebody)
a fuss
a gesture
a good/bad job of something
a habit of something
journey
journey
a list
a living
love
a mess
a mistake
money
a noise
an offer
a plan
a point
a profit
progress
a promise
a remark
a sound
speech
a start (on something)
a suggestion
time for (something or somebody)
trouble
war
a will

  • Collocation with ‘do’

Your best  (try hard).
business (with somebody).
the cleaning/washing/ironing etc.
a course.
some damage.
the dishes.
your duty.
an exam / a test.
a/an exercise.
an experiment.
somebody a favour.
good (help other people).
somebody some good (make somebody better/healthier).
your hair/face/nails.
harm.
the housework/homework.
yourself an injury.
a job.
the laundry.
military service
research.
the shopping.
sport.
your teeth (brush/clean).
well/badly (be successful/unsuccessful).

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I started teaching in 2004 after I got my BA degree in English from Kenitra. These days I am pursuing a Master’s degree in English too in the same university. I am interested in implementing ICT in learning and bringing the best to my students, whom I do love and consider as my kids.

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