We use make when we talk about creating something.
Julia made a delicious cake for her family.
My friend is a fashion designer. She makes nice clothes.
Can you make me a coffee?
We use do when we talk about general activities, duties, jobs and leisure activities.
John did his homework yesterday.
My friend is very fit. He does a lot of exercise.
We often use do with something, anything, nothing and everything:
I didn't do anything yesterday.
We are going to do something special for her birthday.
THERE ARE MANY SPECIAL EXPRESSIONS WITH `MAKE' AND `DO'
make an appointment/arrangement/plan:
She made an appointment to see the doctor
make the bed:
Jack needs to hire a cleaner. He doesn't even
have time to make his bed.
make a change:
I've made some changes to the document.
make a choice/decision:
Which phone are you going to buy? You
need to make a choice!
make a difference:
It doesn't make any difference.
A party is a good opportunity to make
make a joke:
He was very serious at first. But then he
made a few jokes.
make a mistake:
She made a lot of mistakes in her
make money/a fortune:
Joe is very rich. He makes a lot of money.
make a phone call:
Can I use your phone? I need to make a
Jim does business with important companies.
do a course:
I want to do a course in computing.
do an exam:
I have four exams to do tomorrow!
do your hair/nails/make-up:
Kate is busy in the bathroom. She is
doing her hair.
do a job:
What kind of job would you like to do?
do the laundry/washing:
I don't have any clean clothes. I need to do the laundry.
Paul is an accountant. He does a lot of
paperwork in his job.
I'm doing some research for my school
He did well in all his exams.
I have a lot of work to do this week.
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