Difference Between Do And Make


Do is sometimes confused with make.

When to use do

To talk about indefinite activities

We use do (and not make) when we do not say exactly what we are doing. For example, we use do with words like something, anything, nothing, what, thing and everything.

To talk about work and jobs

We use do to talk about work and jobs.

When to use make

Make is often used to talk about constructing, creating, building etc.

Common fixed expressions with do

Do good

Do harm

Do business

Do one’s best

Do a favour

Do sport

Do exercise

Do one’s hair

Do one’s teeth

Do one’s duty

Do 70mph

Common fixed expressions with make

Make a journey

Make an offer

Make arrangements

Make a suggestion

Make a plan

Make a decision

Make an attempt

Make an effort

Make an excuse

Make an exception

Make a mistake

Make a noise

Make a phone call

Make money

Make a profit

Make a fortune

Make love

Make progress

Make war

Make peace

Make a bed

Make a fire

Make a fuss

Make an enquiry

Make a comment

Make a fool of oneself