Difference between DO and MAKE

Something that we are frequently asked is when do you use the verb DO and when do you use the verb MAKE.

This is understandable because in some languages they use one verb for both Do and Make (like Hacer in Spanish).
So to help students understand the difference we created the following chart as a guideline.
The difference between DO and MAKE in English.

NEW: We have an updated version of this Do vs Make Chart which you can find on the page below.

If you check out our page about Do vs Make in English, you will find a more detailed description of the difference between Do and Make as well as many set expressions that only begin with DO and others that only begin with MAKE (which you have to learn by heart).

We have also created a game to practice the difference between Do and Make.

Teacher / Student Resource

ESL/ELL Task cards to practice the difference between DO and MAKE in English. DO vs. MAKE Charts in English for ESL Teachers

Do you have just one verb for DO and MAKE in your language? What is it?

 

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2 Responses to “Difference between DO and MAKE”

  1. Anton H. Hale 14 May, 2013 at 10:10 am #

    Would you please be so kind as to explain the difference between the following verbs: rise and arise? Thank you so much.

    • woodward 22 May, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

      I’ll see what I can create. 🙂

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