400 Words Essay Challenge Article – WHEN DO YOU USE MAKE OR DO?

by | Jan 25, 2019 | Competition, English Tips

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WHEN DO YOU USE MAKE?

The Difference between MAKE and DO. Use MAKE for creating or producing something, and for actions you choose to do. 

Make is for producing, constructing, creating or building something new. It is also used to indicate the origin of a product or the materials that are used to make something

For example

  • His wedding ring is made of gold.
  • The house was made of adobe.
  • Wine is made from grapes.
  • The watches were made in Switzerland.
  • We also use Make for producing an action or reaction.
  • Onions make your eyes water.
  • You make me happy.
  • It’s not my fault. My brother made me do it!
  • You make before certain nouns about plans and decisions:
  • He has made arrangements to finish work early.
  • They’re making plans for the weekend.
  • You need to make a decision right now.
  • We use Make with nouns about speaking and certain sounds.
  • She made a nice comment about my dress.
  • Can I use your phone to make a call?
  • Don’t make a promise that you cannot keep.
  • We use Make with Food, Drink and Meals.
  • I made a cake for her birthday.
  • She made a cup of tea.

 

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WHEN DO YOU USE DO?

The Difference between DO and MAKE. DO generally refers to the action itself, and MAKE usually refers to the result.

DO is used as follows:

DO is used when talking about work, jobs or tasks. Note, they do not produce any physical object.

For example

  • Have you done your homework?
  • I have guests visiting tonight so I should start doing the housework now.
  • I wouldn’t like to do that job.
DO is used when we refer to activities in general without being specific. In these cases, we normally use words like thing, something, nothing, anything, everything etc.

For example

  • Hurry up! I’ve got things to do!
  • Don’t just stand there – do something!
  • Is there anything I can do to help you?
We sometimes use DO to replace a verb when the meaning is clear or obvious. This is more common in informal spoken English.

For example

  • Do I need to do my hair? (do = brush or comb)
  • Have you done the dishes yet? (done = washed)
  • I’ll do the kitchen if you do the lawns (do = clean, do = mow)

Remember Do can also be as an auxiliary verb (for making questions in the present tense – Do you like chocolate?).

 

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