Use of ‘Make’ or ‘Do’?

It can be hard to decide when to use ‘make’ or ‘do’ in English. Here’s some help.

1: We use ‘make’ when we create or construct something. For example:
She made a cake.
I’ve made us some coffee.
Did you really make those trousers?

2: We use ‘do’ for general activities. In this case, ‘do’ is often used with ‘something’, ‘nothing’, ‘anything’ or ‘everything’:

What did you do at the weekend?
I didn’t do anything yesterday.
She’s fed up with doing everything herself. She needs some help.
Are you doing anything interesting during the holidays?
NOTE: ‘What do you do?’ means ‘what’s your job?’

3: There are many, many fixed expressions with ‘make’ and ‘do’. Unfortunately, they don’t really follow any useful rules, so you have to learn them. Sorry!



Some quiz for using : Make or Do

Put in the correct form of ‘make’ or ‘do’
1) John worked hard and …………his best at his job, but he still wasn’t promoted. [ did ]

2) The teenagers were …………..such a noise that the neighbour called the police.

3) She ………….a payment on her debt every month. Soon she’ll have finished paying it off.

4) So many chores to …………! I need to clean the bathroom and the kitchen, hoover and change all the beds.

5) Sorry, I’ve ……………a mistake. The restaurant isn’t here, but on another street.

6) It’s late, and we should go home. Let’s …………..a move.

7) Unfortunately, his business …………..a huge loss last year and had to close down.

8) If you don’t speak English, you’ll find it hard to …………..
business in the UK.

9) He ………..a promise to his grandmother that he’d never fight anyone ever again.

10) I called the hotel and …………..a reservation for two people for Saturday the 16th.