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STEP 4

Grammar: Use of MAKE and DO

We use do when we talk about an activity without mentioning exactly what it is:

 

What's she doing?
Are you doing anything tonight?

Do is often used when we talk about work or a task. It is also used in the structure DO + ING:

 

Have you done your homework yet?
It was a pleasure doing business with you.
Could you do some photocopying for me, please?

Make often has the meaning of create or construct:

 

We made a new design for the product based on his suggestions.
The company makes photographic equipment.

Make is often used with nouns connected with talking, sounds and travelling:

TALKING AND SOUNDS

make a complaint, make an enquiry, make a noise, make a remark

TRAVELLING

make a journey, make a trip, make a visit

Sometimes make and do can be interchangeable:

 

-  They made an endurance test to the new Airbus double-decker.
-  They did an endurance test to the new
Airbus double-decker.

There are however, many other expressions which do not follow these guidelines and it is best to learn these or use a dictionary if you are unsure:

MAKE...

an appointment,  an arrangement,  an attempt,  a choice,  a living,
sense
,  certain,  redundant,  money,  progress,  a start,  a suggestion,
a decision,  an investigation,  a speech,  a mistake,  a sound,  a loss

DO...

business,  nothing,  an exam,  research,  damage,  harm,  a job,
a favour
,  an exam,  the typing,  your best,  well/bad,  someone a favour


 

STEP 5

Grammar: Activity with Answer

 

MAKE and DO are two action verbs frequently used in business.
Choose below the correct alternative for each sentence.

ANSWERS

 

1.

Last year we    well, despite the recession.

 

2.

We    a mistake by assuming that our products would sell well abroad.

 

3.

At Sunny Ltd. I'm in charge of stock management. Who    that same

 

 

job in your company?

 

4.

We promise    our best to have that item for you by next week.

 

5.

Although that company has almost the same name as ours, we have nothing

 

 

 with them.

 

6.

You should    certain that your customers are always satisfied.

 

7.

In many cases, it    sense to stock original products that cannot be

 

 

found easily in other shops.

 

8.

He    a living as sales manager for over 30 years and does not

 

 

plan to retire yet.

 

9.

Could you    me a favour and work the morning shift?

 

10.

  workers redundant is never an easy task for a Personnel manager.

 

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