“Make” or “Do”?

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It can be hard to decide when to use ‘make’ or ‘do’ in English. Here’s some help.

1: We use ‘make’ when we create or construct something. For example:

  • She made a cake.
  • I’ve made us some coffee.
  • Did you really make those trousers?

 

2: We use ‘do’ for general activities. In this case, ‘do’ is often used with ‘something’, ‘nothing’, ‘anything’ or ‘everything’:

  • What did you do at the weekend?
  • I didn’t do anything yesterday.
  • She’s fed up with doing everything herself. She needs some help.
  • Are you doing anything interesting during the holidays?

 

NOTE: ‘What do you do?’ means ‘What’s your job?’

3: There are many, many fixed expressions with ‘make’ and ‘do’. Unfortunately, they don’t really follow any useful rules, so you have to learn them. Sorry!

4: Here is a link to download a PDF document

http://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/support-files/make_or_do.pdf