Do Vs. Make

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Do:

Do can be an auxiliary verb.

Ex:

Do you like coffee?

Do can be a main verb.

I did my homework yesterday.

As an auxiliary verb it has no meaning. It is necessary for the grammatical structure.

As a main verb it has a meaning. But the meaning is rather general. It often expresses a general activity.


Do for general activity:

When we talk about general activity but do not say what it is, we can use do.

Ex:

I want to do something.

What are you doing this evening?

What can we do?

Do it now!


Do for work:

We usually use do to talk about work.

Ex:

What do you do? (=What is your job?)

Who does your shopping?

I don't want to do any work today.

I hate doing the washing up.

Have you done your homework>


Note:

We sometimes use doto replace another more exact verb (but only when the meaning is clear from the situation). This is very informal.


Make:

Make is used for construction. Make often expresses the idea of construction or creation.

Ex:

I'll make a cake for his birthday.

This car was made in France.

Did you make this table yourself?


Note:

Remember that we usually use makefor products or goods that are manufactured. That's why we use labels like "Made in Hong-Kong", or "Made in China" on products that we buy.


Now Compare:

Do the shopping. (We don't really create anything. We just "do" an activity.)

Make a cake. (We really create something.)


I must make his cake. I'll donow.


Expressions with Do:

do good

do harm

do well

do badly

do a favour

do business


Expressions with Make:

make an attempt

make a bed (usually this means "tidy the bed clothes". But it could mean "manufacture the furniture".)

make a change/ make changes

make a compliant

make a decision

make a demand

make an effort

make an exception

make an excuse

make a loss

make love

make a mistake

make money

make a noise

make an offer

make peace







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