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    make, do

    He made a lot of money last year.
    How do you do?

    I thought, In the above two sentences, the word (make, do) has its fundamental meaning.


    But the above two example is the example of a sentece which departs from their fundamental meaning in my grammar book.

    So, could you help me please?

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    Re: make, do

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    He made a lot of money last year.
    How do you do?

    I thought, In the above two sentences, the word (make, do) has its fundamental meaning.


    But the above two example is the example of a sentece which departs from their fundamental meaning in my grammar book.

    So, could you help me please?

    "To make money" means to earn money. So your first sentence can be paraphrased like this: He earned a lot of money last year.
    "What do you do?" means "what is your profession(job)?"

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    Re: make, do

    Hi Gary
    The words make and do are difficult because they can be used so many different ways. In addition to learning the meanings of single words, you also need to learn the meanings of typical "word partnerships" -- and this is especially important with words such as make and do.
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    As Harry said, 'make money' means 'earn money'.
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    The sentence 'How do you do?' is used as a response when you are introduced to someone. (It is not used as a greeting with someone you already know.) If I were you, I wouldn't worry too much about the literal meaning of "How do you do?" The literal meaning is hardly important -- the function of this sentence is what's important. Instead of saying "How do you do?" you can also say "It's nice to meet you." The literal meanings of these two sentences are different, but the function is identical: a standard response to an introduction.

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    Re: make, do

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    He made a lot of money last year.
    How do you do?

    I thought, In the above two sentences, the word (make, do) has its fundamental meaning.


    But the above two example is the example of a sentece which departs from their fundamental meaning in my grammar book.

    So, could you help me please?
    Hi, Gary!
    Sorry, instead of "How do you do?" I explained "What do you do?".
    But as you can read in Phily's post English is a very confusing language. It's not a question but a greeting for the first time you meet a person. Anyway "What do you do?" is also confused by many students. It can be useful to know.


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    I accept Philly Advice.
    Thanks to both Harry Smith and Philly.

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