Sometimes learners have problems figuring out when to use “Do” and when to use “Make” since they have similar meanings.
At least in Spanish, Make and do means “hacer” so teachers have to explain when to use one or the other.
|I am making dinner
|Estoy haciendo la cena
|I am doing exercises
|Estoy haciendo ejercicio
I know learning the difference will take some time so continue reading so you can understand when to use do and make.
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How to use the Verb Do
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:
Do to talk about jobs, work, and tasks
- Did you do the homework?
- Will you do a job for me?
- He usually does his homework in front of the television.
- Have you done your essay yet?
Do is used 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?
Do replaces 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?
How to use Make
- 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
- 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 in English
This is an explanation that explains the Difference between Make and Do
Sentences with Do
These are some common sentences with do
|I am doing business with you
|Do the cleaning
|I am gonna do the cleaning for you
|Do the cooking
|I am doing the cooking tonight
|She did some damage to the car
|Why don’t you do the exercises?
|Do a favor
|Can you do me a favor?
|Do the Homework
|He is doing his homework
|Do Your Job
|Please, do your job
|Do The Laundry
|I haven’t done the laundry
|Do the shopping
|I am gonna do the shopping
|Do your Best
|Please, do your best at the game tonight
|Do a research
|I am doing a university research
|She is doing nothing out there
|Do the dishes
|You have to do the dishes, it is your turn
|Do my hair
|I have to do my hair, I will be ready in 15 minutes
|This doesn’t do justice to all the efforts she made
|I promise that I won’t do you any harm
|I think that she won’t do anything wrong
|Do a course
|Linda has decided to do a course in computing
|Do the gardening
|I spend Sunday afternoons doing gardening.
|Do the ironing
|My mother watches TV while she does the ironing.
|I hate doing all this paperwork for my boss
Sentences with Make
These are the most common sentences with make
|I am making breakfast for you
|Make an observation
|She is going to make some observations about your class
|I don’t want to make predictions about the game
|Make a mess
|The kid made a mess in the kitchen
|Make an appointment
|I am gonna make an appointment for you
|Make an exception
|We are going to make an exception for you
|Make a discovery
|She made a very important discovery about her past.
|Make a Point
|They made some good points during the meeting
|Make a salad
|She has to make a salad for the birthday party
|Make a reservation
|I just made a reservation
|He needs to make some money
|Start making friends
|Make a phone call
|She needs to make a phone call before 12 PM
|Make a confession
|They have to make a confession if they want to be found innocent
|Don’t make more excuses for your destructive behavior
|Make your bed
|You have to make your bed before you go to school
|We are making plans for the next year
|We are making progress
|Make a list
|I have to make a grocery list before I go to the supermarket
|Make a difference
|She made a difference in her life
|Make sure you don’t get in trouble
|They made love the first time they met
|Make a fortune
|She made a fortune creating apps for android
|Make a Joke
|She made an inappropriate Joke at the meeting
|She was making fun of me when I saw her earlier this morning
|I am gonna make some comments about the play
|We have to make peace if we want to work together
|You have to make time for your family when you get home
|Make a choice
|You have to make a choice before the weekends
|Make a Payment
|I’d like to make a credit card payment
|Make Someone Smile
|She always makes me smile
Do vs Make: Conversation Questions
These are some examples of Make and Do conversation questions:
- What is the most important choice that you have made in your life?
- Do you usually make time for your friends and family?
- How much money do you want to make?
- Do you usually do the dishes?
- Do you usually do the laundry? Who does the laundry at home?
- Who does the cooking at home?
- Who does the cleaning at home?
- Who is that person that can make you smile?
- Do you make friends easily?
- Who does the ironing at home?
- Do you make breakfast for yourself?
- What’s the biggest mistake that you have made?
These are some resources that you should check out
- 5 Modals of Deduction in English
- Tag Questions: Guide & Examples
- Third Person Singular: Guide & Examples
- Prepositions of Place: Guide & Examples
- There Was and There Were: Guide & Examples
- Dependent Prepositions: Guide & Examples
- Compound Sentences: Guide & Examples
- Abstract Nouns: Guide and Examples
- Relative Clauses: Guide and Examples
- Guide to Countable and Uncountable Nouns