Make or Do?

Do you know the difference between ‘do’ and ‘make’? Here are some pointers that could help you to know which one to use.


You can use ‘do’ when you are talking about daily activities. Usually these activities do not produce something physical.

Today I’m going to do the housework.
Ugh, I hate doing homework.
I need to stop tweeting and do the dishes.
Some people really like to do the ironing.

You can also use ‘do’ when you talk about things in general.

What are you doing?
That frog is doing nothing, but sitting there.

There are some expressions that use ‘do’ in them as well.

Can you do me a favor?
Please do your best.
He can do no harm.


‘Make’ is used for building, creating and constructing things.

Sit down, I’m going to make you some food.
I have to make a cup of tea, can you hold on?
My kids spend their days making a mess.

Here are some expressions that use ‘make’.

Let’s make plans.
Can you make an exception and let me in?
I have to make a phone call, can I use yours?
Let’s get crazy and make some noise.

8 thoughts on “Make or Do?”

  1. My favourite is “I need to stop tweeting and do the dishes”. Definitely!

  2. this one is the most i like ,”My kids spend their days making a mess.”
    ha , they are so cute!that makes deep impression on me 🙂

  3. Correct use of ‘make’ but wrong tense.
    ‘I made my avatar for you, is it cute?’

    I didn’t see the avatar? Is it on twitter? I can’t wait to see it!

  4. The word do is easier to understand than the word make for me. 🙂 Do is used with daily activities. I see!! It’s really clear! I often use “make a decision” or “make a reservarion” and so on. 😉
    That’s why “make-up” is used with the word make that means to create or to construct. Actually, some women create their faces with makeup tools. 😀

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