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    hi...i have a question for you: what's the difference between these two words: do/make?...in wich context can i use ''do'' ? what about ''make''?cuz actually there are similar meanings...

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    Re: do/make?

    TO DO means to perform or to execute, whilst TO MAKE means to bring into existence(usu. by shaping, modifying, or putting together material, etc.).
    But I need more context, I certainly cannot remember everything concerning DO and MAKE now.

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    I canot give you a certain context, but thanks anyway.

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    Meanings of TO MAKE and TO DO are way comprehensive. It would be VERY hard to explain all the meanings.

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    An explanation
    The two verbs 'do' and 'make' are often confused. The meanings are similar, but there are differences.
    'Do' for Activities

    Use the verb 'do' to express daily activities or jobs. Notice that these are usually activities that produce no physical object.

    do homework
    do housework
    do the ironing
    do the dishes
    do a job

    'Do' for General Ideas

    Use the verb 'do' when speaking about things in general. In other words, when we do not exactly name an activity. This form is often used with the words 'something, nothing, anything, everything, etc.'

    I'm not doing anything today.
    He does everything for his mother.
    She's doing nothing at the moment.

    Important Expressions with 'Do'

    There are a number of standard expressions that take the verb 'do'. These are standard collocations (verb + noun combinations) that are used in English.

    do one's best
    do good
    do harm
    do a favour
    do business

    'Make' for Constructing, Building, Creating

    Use 'make' to express an activity that creates something that you can touch.

    make food
    make a cup of tea / coffee
    make a mess

    Important Expressions with 'Make'

    There are a number of standard expressions that take the verb 'make'. In a number of cases the verb 'do' seems more appropriate. These are standard collocations (verb + noun combinations) that are used in English.

    make plans
    make an exception
    make arrangements
    make a telephone call
    make a decision
    make a mistake
    make noise
    make money
    make an excuse
    make an effort



    This will do, I think...
    Last edited by Jason72; 15-May-2007 at 21:16. Reason: differences not differencs. ;-)

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    ''this will do, i think...''

    Yes, it helped me a lot.Thanks for all the examples.

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    Re: ''this will do, i think...''

    You are welcome!

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