'Make' or 'Do'?
When 'do' or 'make' are used as main verbs it can be confusing to ESL learners. The verb 'make' goes with some words and the verb 'do' with other words. Use the verb 'do' when speaking about things in general. In other words, to describe an action without saying exactly what the action is. This form is often used with the words 'something, nothing, anything, everything, etc. I'm not doing anything today.
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We sometimes use the verb DO to replace a verb when the meaning is clear or obvious. This replacement is more common in informal spoken English:.
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When we use do and make with noun phrases, do focuses on the process of acting or performing something, make emphasises more the product or outcome of an action:. When I was [action] doing the calculations, I [outcome] made two mistakes. I [action] did some work for her last summer; I [outcome] made a pond in her garden. Examples of nouns used with do and make Nouns which combine with do activity. I do the shopping on Fridays usually.
Does this look familiar? It is an all time classic mistake most students make at some point. We correct and correct but often, the confusion persists. So why don't we take a look at some killer examples and explanations that will definitely help them see the difference between do and make and when to use each one! Though make is similar to do , it is used in a slightly different way. Generally, we use it for producing, constructing, creating or building something new, something that did not exist before.