Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: do or make?

  1. #1
    bieasy is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • French
      • Home Country:
      • Belgium
      • Current Location:
      • Brazil
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    653
    Post Thanks / Like

    Cool do or make?

    Hi,

    Should I use does or makes in the follwing passage? And is the rest correct?

    He does translations from Chinese to English and vice versa.

  2. #2
    Gillnetter is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    1,696
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: do or make?

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    Hi,

    Should I use does or makes in the follwing passage? And is the rest correct?

    He does translations from Chinese to English and vice versa.
    The primary meaning of "makes" is to build, construct, or shape. One can make a house bigger, but does translating.

  3. #3
    Barb_D's Avatar
    Barb_D is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    17,157
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: do or make?

    Can you change it to "He translates from Chinese to English" instead of using "translations" as a noun?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

  4. #4
    bhaisahab's Avatar
    bhaisahab is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    22,341
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: do or make?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Can you change it to "He translates from Chinese to English" instead of using "translations" as a noun?
    That's what I would do.

  5. #5
    bieasy is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • French
      • Home Country:
      • Belgium
      • Current Location:
      • Brazil
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    653
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: do or make?

    Yes, if it's more common.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-May-2011, 16:49
  2. can you add tranitions words to make it make sense?
    By julie_loc in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 20-Mar-2011, 02:21
  3. [Vocabulary] What is the difference between make of &make from?
    By smiley21 in forum General Language Discussions
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 06-Jun-2010, 19:16
  4. [General] venture/maake bold/undestand/make out/alter/make over/make for
    By vil in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 02-Apr-2010, 08:37
  5. Make an U-turn Vs Make a detour?
    By sambistapt in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 19-May-2008, 19:26

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •