When and how to use “do” or “make” can be quite confusing. Using these verbs in other languages can be a lot easier.
In French, ‘do’/’make’ is indicated by the verb “faire“.
In Spanish, the verb “hacer“.
In Chinese, that’s another story.
- Use ‘DO’ for activities related to any kind of work, an action or a task
Do a job
Do the shopping
- Use ‘Do’ with words like anything, nothing, something, etc. ( to give only a general idea of an action)
Please do something to help her.
He did nothing to save the dog.
General Expressions with ‘Do’
–These are fixed expressions.
Do your best
Do your hair
- For creative activities, including construction and building
Make a dress
Make a toy house
Make a road / bridge
- For the preparation of food
Make a sandwich
Make a cup of tea
General Expressions with Make
Make an effort
Make a mess
Make a mistake
Note: The best way to master using Do or Make is to learn by heart.