Make vs. Do

Number 63 of 73 in B2 - UPPER-INTERMEDIATE

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    There is no easy way to distinguish MAKE and DO. There are some general ideas that can help you:

1. When you aren’t referring to anything specific, use ‘DO’:
What are you doing?
He doesn’t do anything.
He does a good job.

2. If you are talking about a procedure, a process from one thing to another, it’s probably MAKE:
Make a coffee / cake…
Make progress

3. Housework is always DO, except MAKE the bed:
DO the shopping / washing up / dishes

4. If it affects somebody else, it’s probably MAKE:
Make friends
Make somebody laugh or cry
My mum made me clean up after the party.

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Choose the correct form of ‘MAKE’ or ‘DO’:

  • Do you know how to 1_________________ a spanish omelette?
  • What things do you 2_________________ badly?
  • Have you ever 3___________________ a speech in public? Did you 4_____________ a good job, or did you 5_______________ a mess of it?
  • Think of someone you would like to 6___________________ business with, or 7______________ a deal with.
  • What´s the best way to 8______________ money or 9________________ a living? If someone 10_______________ you an offer, what job would you choose?
  • Give us some tips on how to 11______________ your hair or makeup.
  • Tell us a time you 12___________ good friends with somebody?
  • What would be the easiest way to 13____________________ you happy (or grumpy)?
  • When was the last time someone 14_____________ you cry with laughter?
  • 15___________ a list of the household chores you have to 16_________- for example, 17__________ the ironing, 18___________ the bed…. Which is the most unpleasant?
  • Are you 19____________ progress with your English? Are you 20_______________ an effort?
  • Is your teacher 21___________ a good job? What mistakes do you still 22_________________?

 

 

Answers!

  • Do you know how to 1MAKE a spanish omelette?
  • What things do you 2DO badly?
  • Have you ever 3MADE a speech in public? Did you 4DO a good job, or did you 5MAKE a mess of it?
  • Think of someone you would like to 6DO business with, or 7MAKE a deal with.
  • What´s the best way to 8MAKE money or 9MAKE a living? If someone 10MAKES you an offer, what job would you choose?
  • Give us some tips on how to 11DO your hair or makeup.
  • Tell us a time you 12 MADE good friends with somebody
  • What would be the easiest way to 13MAKE you happy (or grumpy)?
  • When was the last time someone 14MADE you cry with laughter?
  • 15MAKE a list of the household chores you have to 16DO – for example, 17DO the ironing, 18MAKE the bed…. Which is the most unpleasant?
  • Are you 19MAKING progress with your English? Are you 20MAKING an effort?
  • Is your teacher 21DOING a good job? What mistakes do you still 22MAKE?

 

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