[Grammar] “Make” Or “Do”? What Is The Difference?

Hey guys! Have you ever been confused about the difference between “make” and “do”? Today we’re gonna fix it!

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Basic Difference

“Do” generally refers to the action itself, but “Make” usually refers to the result.


Uses of “do”

1. Works, obligations or tasks which would take some time to finish

  1. I have so much homework to do.
  2. I don’t feel like doing housework today.
  3. I’m not going to do that job.

2. General activities

  1. Do anything / something / everything / nothing
  2. Do your best

3. To replace a verb when the meaning is clear

  1. Do(wash) the dishes
  2. Do(write) a report
  3. Do(clean) the kitchen
  4. Do(brush or comb) my hair

Uses of “make”

1. To create or produce something

  1. Make some noise
  2. Make a table
  3. Make a map

2. The origin of a product or the materials that are used to make something

  1. This pen is made in China.
  2. The ring is made of gold.

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3. To make food, drink or meals

  1. Make breakfast/lunch/dinner
  2. Make specific food (make a sandwich/salad)

4. Action or reaction

  1. It makes me happy.
  2. What you said makes me want feel better.
  3. It’s not my fault. Tony Stark made me do this!

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5. Plans or arrangements

Make a plan/a decision/a choice/a list…


Practice:

Choose “do” or “make” to fill the blank spaces.

I’d like to (1)_____ some shopping after work.

Would you like me to (2)_____ you a cup of tea?

– You have to (3)_____ a decision.        – I will (4)_____ it later.

Write down your answers below!

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