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    Made mistake

    You can't say "I did a mistake", the correct one is "I made a mistake". However, I have seen people say "I did my homework".

    Both "mistake" and "homework" are noun but what makes them different?

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    Re: Made mistake

    It's a matter of collocation - knowing which nouns go with which verbs.

    'Sausages' and 'wardrobes' are both nouns, but we can't say 'I had wardrobes for breakfast'.

    Surely it's the same in your native language?

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    Re: Made mistake

    You can say "I did make a mistake".

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    Re: Made mistake

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    It's a matter of collocation - knowing which nouns go with which verbs.

    'Sausages' and 'wardrobes' are both nouns, but we can't say 'I had wardrobes for breakfast'.

    Surely it's the same in your native language?
    So, this post is about vocabulary.

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    Re: Made mistake

    If you consider collocations to be about vocabulary, then yes. I consider them part of grammar. Sometimes, you just have to learn which words go with which words.

    I made breakfast.
    I made a mistake.
    I made good time.

    I did my homework.
    I did the washing up earlier.
    I did something lovely for a friend.

    The simple answer to your first post is that "to make" is a verb, "to do" is a verb, and "to make a mistake" is an accepted/grammatical/well-used collocation, almost making it a verb in its own right.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Made mistake

    Do is often used with the process or activity - I did the cooking - and make with the result - I made dinner. However, this is not a fixed rule and there are exceptions.

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