• bjdemiranda

Make vs do

Make/do

Make and do both translate as fazer in Portuguese, so it's understandable that Portuguese speakers often get them mixed up in English. It doesn't help that the rules of when to use do and make are not very well defined and there are many exceptions.

However, there are some categories that provide good general guidelines for when to use each.


DO


Housework

Do the dishes

Do the laundry

Do your chores

Do the shopping

Exception: make the bed


Work/study

Do business

Do homework

Do work

Do a good job

Do a course


Physical care

Do exercise

Do your nails

Do your hair

Do your makeup


General actions

Do something/nothing

Do well

Do good

Do bad

Do the right thing

Do your best


MAKE


Food

Make breakfast/lunch/dinner

Make a pizza

Make cookies

Make coffee


Money

Make money

Make a profit


Relationships

Make friends

Make fun of


Communication

Make a phone call

Make a joke

Make a point

Make a suggestion

Make a promise

Make an excuse


Exception: ask a question


Plans and decisions

Make plans

Make progress

Make a mistake

Make an exception

Make a discovery

Make a decision