Do and Make

Do you ever find yourself using the wrong words to explain something or have you used the wrong word in the wrong sentence? Most of us have faced the issue of using the wrong word at the wrong time. Well, we might be able to solve some of those problems. Today we will discuss how to correctly use the words “Do” and “Make”.

When we talk about the words “do” and “make”, we often confuse their usage. This happens due to the fact that these two words point towards the same thing. They have a similar meaning with a slight difference. This article will clear that out for you.

Do

The word “do” is used in three different situations. But the word is essentially used to focus on a certain activity or a specific procedure.

The three cases where you can use the word:

No product Produced: There are times when we use the word where the act or the activity is yet to produce an outcome. In other words, the word is used in a sentence which does not produce any physical outcome.

Examples

  • I will do my homework in an hour.
  • Amar said he will do the housework while Susan attended the meeting.
  • I was told that I wasn’t supposed to do anything for the day.

Activity without Specifics: In this case “do” is used before a thing or something or anything. Anything here literally means before anything. These sentences talk about an activity without giving any specific details about the activity’s end product.

Examples:

  • The sales lady asked me if she could do anything to help me.
  • “Why are you standing there? Do something!” yelled my mother.
  • Do something about this situation before it is too late.

Where “do” Replaces Verb: In some cases, the word “do” replaces a verb in the sentence and points at some obvious thing or some obvious end product. You will generally find this in informal English speech.

Examples

  • Josh said he will do the essay tomorrow morning. ( Here “do” replaces write )
  • I still have to do the dishes; will put the clothes in the washing machine? ( Here “do” replaces wash)
  • I need to do my hair first. ( Here “do” replaces comb)

Make

In a nutshell, make is used in a sentence where something is being produced or is being constructed. There are five ways of using “make” or of using other variants of the word “make” in a sentence.

In Food and Drinks:

  • I will make a cake for this Christmas.
  • Shall I make a cup of tea for you two?

In a Manner of Speaking or Making Sounds:

  • Why are you making weird sounds?
  • But I already made a promise.

In the Manner of Stating Origin:

  • This ring is made of Gold and Silver.
  • These chocolates were made in Switzerland.

While Delivering an Action or Reaction:

  • Her visit made me happy.
  • Don’t blame me, my mother made me do it!

Used with Nouns for Plans or Decisions:

  • Drake is making the arrangements for our holiday.
  • I am sorry I can’t go with you, I already made plans with someone else.