Use Of Do Or Make

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The two verbs 'do' and 'make' are often confused. The meanings are similar, but there are differences.

'Do' for Activities
Use the verb 'do' to express dailyactivities or jobs. Notice that these are usually activities that produce no physical object.

do homework
do housework
do the ironing
do the dishes
do a job

'Do' for General Ideas
Use theverb 'do' when speaking about things in general. In other words, when we do not exactly name an activity. This form is often used with the words 'something, nothing, anything, everything, etc.' I'm notdoing anything today.
He does everything for his mother.
She's doing nothing at the moment.

Important Expressions with 'Do'
There are a number of standard expressions that take the verb 'do'.These are standard collocations (verb + noun combinations) that are used in English.

do one's best
do good
do harm
do a favor
do business

'Make' for Constructing, Building, Creating
Use'make' to express an activity that creates something that you can touch. make food
make a cup of tea / coffee
make a mess

Important Expressions with 'Make'
There are a number of standardexpressions that take the verb 'make'. In a number of cases the verb 'do' seems more appropriate. These are standard collocations (verb + noun combinations) that are used in English
make plans
makean exception
make a mistake
make noise
make money
make an excuse
make an effort
make arrangements
make a telephone call
make a decision
make a mistake
make noise
make moneyAUTONOMA UNIVERSITY OF MANIZALES
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GRAMMAR I
Choose a form of either 'make' or 'do' to complete the sentence. Each question has only one correct answer.

1.If you want to buy that car, I'm sure we can _____ a deal.

2. Let's go out tonight and _____ the town

3. I _____ an appointment to visit my doctor yesterday.
4. Excuse me, could you _____ me...