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Do or Make?

Do for activity. Make for building something.

Man on a bike carrying a half-finished car that he is making.

What does he do? He makes cars.

We use do to talk about 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:
• What do you do?
(This means What is your job?)
• Who does your shopping?
• 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.

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

Remember: Do for activity. Make for building something.
  • Exercise 1

    Remember: Do for activity. Make for building or creating something.
    Put the correct form of do or make to complete each sentence.

    Remember: Do for activity. Make for building or creating something.

    Put the correct form of do or make to complete each sentence.

    Exercise 2

    Remember: Do for activity. Make for building or creating something.

    Put the correct form of do or make to complete each sentence.

    Remember: Do for activity. Make for building or creating something.

    Put the correct form of do or make to complete each sentence.

    Exercise 3

    Put the correct form of do or make to complete each sentence.

    Put the correct form of do or make to complete each sentence.

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    If you only have two minutes then do this lesson.
    Some or any? (2:00)