Are there any differences between these expressions:
1. to do shopping / to do the shopping
2. to make dinner / to make the dinner
Thank you in advance,
Hi Lola, I am a native speaker from Britain. Usually, things we regard as house chores are given the article "the".
do the shopping
do the gardening
do the ironing
do the washing
do the dusting
do the vacuuming etc
We also often use these expressions with the word "some". "I think I'll do some ironing". This implies that we are not going to get all the ironing done, just "some". Almost with the meaning to fill in a bit of time. "do the shopping" sounds like a bigger activity, really getting everything you need for the week, for example, than "do some shopping".
As for "make the dinner" or "make dinner", well... that's a hard one. I don't know which one I would say. I live alone, so I don't say this one! I would say both are perfectly fine.
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