Just Do It (or Make It)?


Photo: He decided to do it, but will he make it?

Knowing what to do with "make" and "do" can make a big difference.

If you follow the basic rules when choosing between the verbs do and make, you will make very few mistakes and generally do well.

Basic difference between DO and MAKE:

To DO is less creative and usually means simply executing very predictable actions.

Example: When you "do laundry," your clothes will be clean.

To MAKE is more creative and usually means creating something or producing results more unique to the maker's choices.

Example: When you “make lunch,” you create a meal.

Sometimes Americans say, "We should do lunch sometime soon!" What do they mean?

"Do lunch" means to meet and have a lunch that is made by someone else, such as at a restaurant.

Can do and make appear in the same sentence?

Of course! Here are some examples:

  • We will do (engage in) business together if we can make (create) a contract.

  • When he didn't want to do (complete) all of his exercises, he made (invented) excuses.

  • We will make (decide) a list of chores and try to do (complete) all of the work today.

We made it! We are done.

Now, what will YOU do-- and make-- today?

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