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    make or do?

    Are 'to make repairs' and 'to do repairs' both acceptable? Is 'to make repairs' preferable?

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    Re: make or do?

    Quote Originally Posted by queenbu View Post
    Are 'to make repairs' and 'to do repairs' both acceptable? Is 'to make repairs' preferable?
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    to make repairs is what I would say.


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    Re: make or do?

    Hi,
    Google:
    make repairs -8 680,000
    do repairs - 8 780,000

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    Re: make or do?

    Quote Originally Posted by queenbu View Post
    Are 'to make repairs' and 'to do repairs' both acceptable? Is 'to make repairs' preferable?
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    Anything which is work (the carrying out of sth) is do. Repairs refers to work so it should read do repairs. There are however some borderline cases depending upon your viewpoint which can make both possible but still with a difference in meaning. If make repairs is possible it certainly can't have the same meaning as do repairs. You can also see the dominance of do in Humble's statistical figures

    With Presentations you usually use make but I have seen do presentations if it refers to the work involved. The same applies to translations. do is for me the collocation but make is sometimes used. Make usually refers to the result of work we put into sth. It would be interesting if such borderline cases are listed here for discussion.

    Another idea which just occurred to me is make/do is sometimes confused so we end up accepting them both as correct. An interesting case is make do which means "accept":
    There is no more honey left you have to make do with jam.
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    Re: make or do?

    I don't know what search Humble made, but this is what I get:

    Google
    advanced search (search the web)
    Results 1 - 10 of about 980,000 for "make repairs".
    Results 1 - 10 of about 214,000 for "do repairs".

    advanced search (uk pages only)
    Results 1 - 10 of about 29,500 for "make repairs"
    Results 1 - 10 of about 21,700 for "do repairs"

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    Re: make or do?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Jamshid Ibrahim View Post
    Anything which is work (the carrying out of sth) is do. Repairs refers to work so it should read do repairs. There are however some borderline cases depending upon your viewpoint which can make both possible but still with a difference in meaning. If make repairs is possible it certainly can't have the same meaning as do repairs. You can also see the dominance of do in Humble's statistical figures
    With Presentations you usually use make but I have seen do presentations if it refers to the work involved. The same applies to translations. do is for me the collocation but make is sometimes used. Make usually refers to the result of work we put into sth. It would be interesting if such borderline cases are listed here for discussion.
    Another idea which just occurred to me is make/do is sometimes confused so we end up accepting them both as correct. An interesting case is make do which means "accept":
    There is no more honey left you have to make do with jam.
    But aren't you doing work when you make the bed?

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    Re: make or do?

    I'll try to answer my own question.
    According to Michael Swan:
    common fixed expressions
    do good, harm, business, one's best, a favour, sport, exercise, one's hair, one's teeth (does this mean to brush your teeth?), one's duty, 50mph
    make a journey, an offer, arrangements, a suggestion, a decision, an attempt, an effort, an excuse, an exception, a mistake, a noise, a phone call, money, a profit, a fortune, love, peace, war, a bed, a fire, progress
    Note that we say make a bed, but we often talk about doing thebed(s) as part of housework. Compare:
    He's old enough to make his own bed now.
    I'll start on the vegetables as soon as I've done the beds.

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    Re: make or do?

    Quote Originally Posted by queenbu View Post
    But aren't you doing work when you make the bed?
    Yes, that's true although it often works, sometimes it is difficult to follow this rule. But it isn't really a rule, it is just a help. Maybe the English focus the result and not the carrying out of the job or perhaps the better way is to accept them as collocations. For example in: make friends there is no logic if it is seen from this angle but make has got a variety of other meanings: cause sth make it work

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