do / make

DO generally refers to the action itself, and MAKE usually implies that there is a result. For example, if you “make breakfast,” the result is an omelet! If you “make a suggestion,” you have created a recommendation.

Use DO for actions, obligations, and repetitive tasks:

  • do the laundry
  • do homework
  • do the shopping
  • do business
  • do well / do badly (in general)
  • do the right thing

    Use MAKE for creating or producing something, and for actions you choose to do:

  • make breakfast/lunch/dinner
  • make your own peanut butter
  • make money (= earn money)
  • make friends (= meet people and start friendships)
  • make a suggestion/comment/complaint/confession/excuse/promise
  • make plans
  • make a list
  • make a decision