Make or do?

Make or do?

A few weeks ago we looked at one of the most common verbs in the English language, this week, I thought we’d go one step further, by explaining not one, but two frequently used verbs.

The verbs we’re going to look at are, of course, make and do, in Spanish you have one word, not two.

We’ve chosen to focus on these verbs more than anything because they can be a pain in the neck. 
-Lewis Rollinson

¿Por que es tan complicado?

To start, let’s be clear that there are some rules to bear in mind, the difficulty is the enormous amount of fixed expressions which have nothing to do with the so-called rules.

Nonetheless, how about we walk you through the rules first.

Do is used when talking about work, jobs and tasks.

For example, today I found out that I did a really good job on my homework that I did last week.

Do is also used for non-specific activities, in other words, when the word -thing appears.

For instance, I should probably do something tonight because I haven’t done anything all day.

To finish us off...

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Finally, do is used to replace the verb when it’s obvious, e.g. on Monday I did my hair and make-up in the morning before doing my exam, then when I got home I had to do the laundry.

In this case, just by mentioning the noun we know the meaning, it’s obvious so we use the verb do.

Now that’s done, let’s have a look at make.

First, make is used when we create or construct something.

By this we could be referring to something we can eat or drink, we make a sandwich, we make a cup of coffee and we make a cake.

I’m sure you’ve all seen the phrase, ‘made in China’ well, this is a perfect example of something being constructed somewhere.

We also use make when we talk about the material or ingredients used to make something.

Another example would be that wine is made from grapes.

There's the gist for you!

I would say that they are the main rules with make, but there are also a few more, I would like to think that reading this blog and watching the video makes you happy.

This is an example of another rule, make produces a reaction.

Plans & decisions

Para aprender, hay que hablar y cometer errores.

Next up, plans and decisions are expressed using make.

Before writing this blog, I made a decision to do it, then I made a plan of what to include and then I made a choice to record myself in the afternoon, when I feel a little bit more like a normal human being and not a morning zombie.

A bit confusing, right? Don’t worry!

Finally, there are a number of examples of speaking and sounds which take on the verb make.

At a wedding people are expected to make a speech, when this happens, everyone else should try not to make a noise but the guests inevitably make a comment on how the speech went.

A bit confusing, right? Don’t worry!

Let’s get into it…in the video you’ll hear loads of examples of these fixed expressions.

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How many of them did you already know?

How many actually follow the rules?

Can you think of any other ways in which they could be used?

Hopefully this will have helped you to know when to use make and when to use do.

For some further practice and a bit of fun, have a look at Fluency MC’s rap about make & do, because in Spanish you have one word, not two.

We hope you have enjoyed our weekly blog!

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Why did Shakespeare only write in ink? 

Because pencils confused him – 2B, or not 2B. HA! ha!

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