Grammar Explanation and Exercises: Do vs Make

Do vs. Make


Do is an irregular verb. Its three forms are do, did, done. The present simple third person singular is does. These are some of the ways to use do in sentences:

  1. Do to talk about jobs, work and tasks
    • Will you do a job for me?
    • Did you do the homework?
    • He usually does his homework in front of the television.
    • Have you done your essay yet?
  2. Do to talk about general activities without being specific
    • I’ve got things to do
    • You have to do something about it
    • What can I do for you?
  3. Do to replace a verb when the meaning is clear
    • I am going to do the dishes
    • He is in charge of doing the laundry
    • Are you going to do your hair?


  1. We use make to talk about food, meal and drinks
    • I  already made a cake
    • I am gonna make some coffee
    • I am sorry but I have to make some dinner
  2. We use make to talk about producing a reaction
    • She is making me angry
    • You make me so happy
    • That makes me so mad

Do vs Make Video

Online Resources

  1. Activity #1: After having understood the  topic , I’d like to invite you  to test  your knowledge using  this interactive game:
  2. Activity #2: Look at the picture and  identify the  ones that are used  with do  or make
  3. Activity #3: Complete the following exercises to make sure you understand the differences between these two verbs:

Make and Do Exercises PDF