Difference Between DO And MAKE – 60 Common English Collocations..
Basic Difference Between DO And MAKE
Use DO for actions, obligations, and repetitive tasks.
Use MAKE for creating or producing something, and for actions you choose to do.
DO generally refers to the action itself, and MAKE usually refers to the result. For example, if you “make breakfast,” the result is an omelet! If you “make a suggestion,” you have created a recommendation.
Common English Collocations With DO
do the housework
After I got home from the office, I was too tired to do the housework.
do the laundry
I really need to do the laundry – I don’t have any clean clothes left!
do the dishes
I’ll make dinner if you do the dishes afterwards.
(you can also say “wash the dishes”)
do the shopping
I went to the bank, did some shopping, and mailed a package at the post office.
EXCEPTION: make the bed = putting blankets, sheets, and pillows in the correct place so that the bed looks nice and not messy.
WORK / STUDY
I can’t go out this weekend – I have to do some work on an extra project.
You can’t watch any TV until you’ve done your homework.
We do business with clients in fifteen countries.
do a good/great/terrible job
She did a good job organizing the party.
(in this expression, “job” doesn’t necessarily refer to work. It simply means the person did something well)
do a report
I’m doing a report on the history of American foreign policy.
(you can also say “writing a report”)
do a course
We’re doing a course at the local university.
(you can also say “taking a course”)
TAKING CARE OF YOUR BODY
I do at least half an hour of exercise every day.
do your hair (= style your hair)
I’ll be ready to go in 15 minutes – I just need to do my hair.
do your nails (= paint your nails)
Can you open this envelope for me? I just did my nails and they’re still wet.
GENERAL GOOD OR BAD ACTIONS
do anything / something / everything / nothing
Are you doing anythin
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