DO or MAKE – The difference between them.
The verb DO can be either an auxiliary (helping) verb or a main verb.
1. As an auxiliary verb, DO has no particular meaning. It is used mainly for forming questions.
- Do you like coffee?
- Do you go on holiday every year?
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2. As a main verb: DO is used for actions in general, without necessarily specifying what the action is:
- I want to do something.
- What shall we do tomorrow?
3. DO is used for an activity which doesn’t actually produce anything tangible:
- Are you doing well with your studies?
- I get tired of doing the same thing every day.
4. DO is used for work, jobs and professions:
- What do you do for a living? (What is your job?)
- Have you done your homework yet?
The verb MAKE is always a main verb, never an auxiliary.
1. MAKE usually means to produce or construct something physical:
- I made a pizza for dinner.
- This car was made in Italy.
2. MAKE is used to say what material an object is fabricated from:
- This table is made from wood.
- My new dress is made of cotton and polyester.
3. We also use MAKE to say where something has been manufactured:
- For example: Made in China.
4. Be careful however, because MAKE is quite often used in expressions where we are creating something that is not a tangible object.
- To make a fuss.
- To make an idiot of yourself.
Some expressions with DO
|do good||do harm||do a favour|
|do well||do badly||do business|
|do the shopping||do your job||do a course|
|do your homework||do the dishes||do a test|
Some expressions with MAKE
|make an excuse||make a noise||make a profit|
|make a suggestion||make peace||make war|
|make an offer||make a phone call||make changes|
|make a complaint||make an effort||make a decision|
|make money||make the bed||make someone happy|