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Make and Do Explained

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Generally make means 'create'.

For example: make breakfast or make a speech. However, there are some exceptions.

Never say: make a party, in English we use throw a party or organise a party.


Generally do is for activities.

For example: do your homework or do sports. Like make there also some exceptions to the rule.

Never say: do a barbecue, in English we use have a barbecue.

Let's practice by choosing the correct answer, good luck!

  • 1. After eating I usually ___ the washing-up.

  • 2. Last night my baby was ___ a huge noise.

  • 3. The last time I did a test I ___ a lot of mistakes.

  • 4. My client is very angry with me, I think he'll ___ a complaint to my boss.

  • 5. My favourite team ___ very well in last month's championship. I'm very proud.

  • 6. I find it difficult to get out of bed in the morning, I always need to ___ an effort.

  • 7. The last time I ___ a favour for my friend I got into trouble with my husband. I had to make an apology.

  • 8. My mother likes to ___ a fuss over me when I visit.

  • 9. If you ___ a good job, I'll promote you.

  • 10. It doesn't matter if you don't win, as long as you ___ your best.