Do vs Make – Learn the difference between these verbs.

In this English Grammar lesson ESL teacher Ceema brings you the difference between the two verbs Do and Make which frequently confuse students. In this English Grammar Lesson we will learn about the difference between Do and Make and when to use each one.

DO is used as follows:

DO is used when talking about work, jobs or tasks, taking care of your body and general actions.

  • Do the Dishes
  • So the laundry
  • Do a report
  • Do a course
  • Doo your hair
  • Do your makeup
  • Do well
  • Do everything or Do nothing

We sometimes use DO to replace a verb when the meaning is clear or obvious. This is more common in informal spoken English:

  • Do I need to do my hair? (do = brush or comb)
  • Have you done the dishes yet? (done = washed)
  • I’ll do the kitchen if you do the lawns (do = clean, do = mow)

When do you use MAKE?

Make is for food, money, relationships and communication

  • Make breakfast
  • Make a reservation
  • Make a fortune
  • Make100$ an hour
  • Make friends
  • Make up ( to patch up with someone)
  • Make a pass
  • Make a point
  • Make a confession
  • Make an excuse

We also use Make for producing an action or reaction:

  • Onions make your eyes water.
  • You make me happy.
  • It’s not my fault. My brother made me do it!

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