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    "to make" x "to do"

    hi,

    i think this is an old and persistent doubt students in general have about english.

    i have been told that "to make" refers to something that is created and
    "to do" refers to obligations and orders.

    it may sound sufficient for a native but, for a foreigner, it's not.

    in the sentence "it's not gonna do him any good" i can't perceive any obligation/order.

    in the sentence "to make love" i can't notice any "creation".

    can someone give me a better explanation of when to employ one or the other?

    thanks a lot.

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    #2

    Re: "to make" x "to do"

    i hope someone can help me!


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    Re: "to make" x "to do"

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    hi,

    i think this is an old and persistent doubt students in general have about english.

    i have been told that "to make" refers to something that is created and
    "to do" refers to obligations and orders.

    it may sound sufficient for a native but, for a foreigner, it's not.

    in the sentence "it's not going to do him any good" i can't perceive any obligation/order.

    in the sentence "to make love" i can't notice any "creation".

    can someone give me a better explanation of when to employ one or the other?

    thanks a lot.
    Basically

    "to do" something is to perform or carry out an action. To paraphrase your sentence, whatever "it" is will not perform well for him

    Do as I say, not as I do.

    "to make" = create or form by putting parts together or combining substances. What can I say about "making love" - it seems to be an essentially creative activity.

    Make love, not war.

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