Do or Make

Do for the activity. Make for building something.

We use do to talk about the activity, but do not say what it is.

  • What are you doing this evening?
  • What can we do?

We use do to talk about work.

  • Who does your cleaning?
  • I don’t want to do any work today.

We use make to talk about building or creating something.

  • The company I work for makes children’s toys.
  • I made some fresh coffee and sat down with my book.


  • I must make Gary’s cake. I’ll do it now.
    (Make for the creation and do for the activity.)