Grammar Lessons: 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:

Do to talk about jobs, work and tasks

  1. Did you do the homework
  2. Will you do a job for me?
  3. He usually does his homework in front of the television.
  4.  Have you done your essay yet?

Do to talk about general activities without being specific

  1. I’ve got things to do
  2. You have to do something about it
  3. What can I do for you?

Do to replace a verb when the meaning is clear

  1. I am going to do the dishes
  2. He is in charge of doing the laundry
  3. 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
  1. 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: List of Verbs 


Do Example
Do businessI am doing business with you
Do the cleaningI am gonna do the cleaning for you
The cookingI am doing the cooking tonight
DamageShe did some damages to the car
Exercises Why don’t you do exercises?
FavorCan you do me a favor?
HomeworkHe is doing his homework
Your  JobPlease, do your job
The laundryI haven’t done the laundry
The shoppingI am gonna do the shopping
Your BestPlease, do your best
A researchI am doing a university research
Do nothing She is doing nothing out there


Make Example
Make breakfastI am making breakfast for you 
Make a reservationI just made a reservation
Make moneyHe needs to make some money
Make friendsStart making friends
Make  a phone callShe needs to make a phone call
Make a confessionThey have to make a confession
Make excusesDon’t make more excuses
Make plansWe are making plans
Make progressWe are making progress
Make a list I have to make  a grocery list
Make a differenceShe made a difference in her life
Make sureMake sure you don’t get in trouble