Difference between do and make

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I sometimes don´t know when to use DO or MAKE.

Ex: She does her homework or she makes her homework.

Also I sometimes get confused when to use AS or LIKE.

Ex: Call me as you did yesterday or call like like you did yesterday.

Please help cause I have trouble with these four verbs.

asked Jan 31 '11 at 22:52 Norma Huacuja New member

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Norma, 

 

DO vs. MAKE

DO:

 

- Do is used when an action, activity, or task is being performed.

 

I do crosswords every Sunday.

 

- Do is used when talking about all kinds of work

 

She always does her homework/housework/job.

 

- Do is used to talk about general, non-specific actions.

 

We aren't doing anything tomorrow.

 

She does everything she can for the family.

 

MAKE:

 

- Make is used to talk about actions when we're creating or constructing something (including when the actor is causing something).

 

He's making a bench for the porch.

 

You're making me angry. (You're causing me to be angry.)

 

NOTE: There are some fixed phrases that don't follow this logic.  For example, "to make the bed," "to make an appointment," and "to make amends."  There are not too many of these, so they should be easy to memorise.

 

- Make is used to talk about creating foods, epecially things which you can touch.

 

For the party, we'll make the cake and you can make the salad.

 

Here is a link to an interactive quiz to help you practice.

 

 

LIKE vs. AS

 

Like is a preposition and As is a conjunction.  There are often mixed up, even by native speakers. But, here's an easy way to remember how they work.

 

LIKE: 

 

- is used when you are comparing things and mean to say "to a similar degree as" or "in the style of".

 

This music sounds like a duck talking underwater.

(This music has a sound similar in style to a duck talking underwater, but it is not a duck and does not function as a duck.)

 

AS: 

 

- is used when you want to show equality through comparison or to say "in the role of"

 

The song served as a calming antidote to all her stress.

(The song held the role of a calming antidote. The song and the antidote are one and the same).

 

When you are giving examples, use LIKE when you are giving only one example, and use AS when you are listing multiple examples.

 

You should wear something nice, like a suit, for the party.

 

For the vacation, you should bring some nice things, such as dress shoes, a dress, and a necklace.

 

LIKE and AS can be a lot more complicated, but these basics should help you sort most situations out.

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