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    make or do

    What do we use with the words reparation(s) and repair ( as a noun)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by svetik View Post
    What do we use with the words reparation(s) and repair ( as a noun)?
    What do you mean "use with"? Undoubtedly you have their definitions. As for usage, we would generally say
    "to make reparation(s)," which is to say, to make up for some wrongdoing, to make amends.
    "to do (or complete or attempt, etc.) a repair," meaning to fix something.

    Technically you can use them interchangeably, but we seldom do that, at least here in the U.S.

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    Re: make or do

    Hi,

    (make) + reparation to Sb
    (make, do, carry out) + repair


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    Last edited by Mehrgan; 23-Dec-2009 at 02:14.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kfredson View Post
    What do you mean "use with"? Undoubtedly you have their definitions. As for usage, we would generally say
    "to make reparation(s)," which is to say, to make up for some wrongdoing, to make amends.
    "to do (or complete or attempt, etc.) a repair," meaning to fix something.

    Technically you can use them interchangeably, but we seldom do that, at least here in the U.S.
    I mean that with certain nouns we can use either make or do.
    For example to do work or to make mistakes and we cannot interchange them.
    When we speak about actions, we normally use do, when we speak about creations- make. That's how I understand it.
    The dictionary says that reparations is not the same as repair.
    If I want to renovate my house, can I say that I want to do ( make) a rapair or reparation(s)?
    Thank you

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    Re: make or do

    Quote Originally Posted by svetik View Post
    I mean that with certain nouns we can use either make or do.
    For example to do work or to make mistakes and we cannot interchange them.
    When we speak about actions, we normally use do, when we speak about creations- make. That's how I understand it.
    The dictionary says that reparations is not the same as repair.
    If I want to renovate my house, can I say that I want to do ( make) a rapair or reparation(s)?
    Thank you


    I think "do repairs to your house" would be ok........but I don't think "reparation" is ever used with concrete stuff...

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    Re: make or do

    Could you please tell me the difference between to make a deal and to do a deal?

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    Re: make or do

    Quote Originally Posted by svetik View Post
    Could you please tell me the difference between to make a deal and to do a deal?

    I think when you're talking about a business agreement it's more appropriate to use 'make', while when you're going to do Sth on one condition, you could use both 'do' and 'make'.

    • To make a deal with a company...
    • "Ok, I'll do/make a deal with you. You do my homework and I'll go shopping for you."
    (I hope some native speakers will comment on this...)

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