Don´t you know how to use “do & make”? Let´s have a look:
Do and make are verbs which are frequently confused by learners. Although the translation into Spanish is the same, the use and meaning in English is different. The main difference between them is in the meaning that they give to the sentence. Generally, do indicates “action” whereas make means “the result of an action.”
Do is used to talk about work, jobs and tasks that don´t produce any physical object.
- Have you done your homework?
- She would like to do that job.
Do is used when we want to refer any unspecific activity. It´s normally with words like nothing, something, everything..etc.
- Is there anything I can do to help you?
- Do something and don´t sleep more.
REMEMBER: Do can also be an auxiliary verb. So, when it works as auxiliary, it´s possible to have “do” twice in the same sentence because their meanings and functions are different.
Make is for building, creating, producing something new. But it has other uses:
Make is also used to indicate the origin or the material of a product:
- These glasses are made of plastic.
- Her new mobile phone was made in Germany.
- Wine is made from grapes.
Make refers action or reaction too:
- You make me cry.
- The teacher made me do it!
We use make with nouns which are related to speaking:
- My mother always makes nice comments about her English lessons.
- Could I use you mobile phone to make a call?
Make is also used with words about food, meals and drinks:
- That cook makes really nice cupcakes for birthday parties.
- She had to make the dinner, so she could not enjoy the meeting so much.
- My friend made the cocktails last Saturday.