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    could do

    what sentence is correct between these two:
    I could do this work
    or
    I could make this work
    thank you so much in advance

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    Re: could do

    Quote Originally Posted by impara View Post
    what sentence is correct between these two:
    I could do this work
    or
    I could make this work
    thank you so much in advance
    It depends on what your intended meaning is and the time you're viewing, Impara. Could you give us a short dialogue to provide some context?

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    Re: could do

    Both are correct grammatically.

    The first says that you would be able to successfully do the type of tasks that you are talking about.

    The second says that you could find a way to solve a problem, or that what has been done is good enough to do what you need it to do.

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    Re: could do

    Quote Originally Posted by impara View Post
    what sentence is correct between these two:
    I could do this work
    or
    I could make this work
    thank you so much in advance
    I am not a teacher, but on this case I'd go for 'do':

    I could do this work.

    'make' and 'do' have lots of meanings, it depends on what you are doing/thinking and so on:

    Susie does the dishes everyday.
    Julia makes me happier. Yeah, she does. <- pay attention.

    Some more examples:
    DO versus MAKE

    Hope this helps

    ***************** Sorry Riverkind and Barb, When I started posting I couldn't see your replies. If you want, delete this post!
    Last edited by Offroad; 19-Mar-2008 at 18:17.

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    Re: could do

    thanks to all of you.
    as concerning giving a short dialogue..........for instance
    I could do this work for you
    or
    I could do an attempt to solve this hard situation
    Is it correct with the verb do?

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    Re: could do

    Quote Originally Posted by impara View Post
    thanks to all of you.
    as concerning giving a short dialogue..........for instance
    I could do this work for you
    or
    I could do make an attempt to resolve this hard situation
    Is it correct with the verb do? No - you need "make" in this context.

    "I could do something to solve this problem".

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    Re: could do

    Incidentally, you "solve a problem" but "resolve a situation" - that's /rız.../. I suppose, if you solved the same problem more than once, you could "resolve" it too - but that would be /ri:s.../

    There's another possible meaning for 'make this work' - ="repair this mechanism" - a watchmaker, say, could say it.

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