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make vs. do #1 (permalink) Thu Nov 15, 2007 10:13 am   make vs. do
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #92 "Using Make and Do (2)", question 7

No one knows why he ......... those terrible things in the past.

(a) make
(b) do
(c) made
(d) did

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #92 "Using Make and Do (2)", answer 7

No one knows why he did those terrible things in the past.

Correct answer: (d) did

Your answer was: incorrect
No one knows why he made those terrible things in the past.
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why it can't be used made instead of did?

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make vs. do #2 (permalink) Thu Nov 15, 2007 10:42 am   make vs. do
 

The verbs 'make' and 'do' are often confused, especially since some languages only have one verb for them. Have you already had a look at the following ESL lessons about 'make and do'? Make or Do? or "Doing Time"
Make or Do? (2)
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make vs. do #3 (permalink) Thu Nov 15, 2007 14:25 pm   make vs. do
 

Just FYI:
do time = be in prison
do drugs = use drugs
make love = self explanatory :)
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make vs. do #4 (permalink) Thu Nov 15, 2007 14:37 pm   make vs. do
 

Hi Deny,

Conchita has already referred you to some material on 'make/do', which I have written for our site but you might like to know why 'made those terrible things' uses 'made' in the test. You could say 'made those terrible things' but it would mean 'created' in the sense of made some sculptures/statues. In the test sentence 'did' is the correct answer because it has the sense of 'did' suggesting an action as in 'did those terrible crimes' And that is the main difference between 'do' and 'make'. 'Do' often refers to an action or activity and 'make' often refers to 'create/manufacture'. What you have to be careful about is when these two verbs are used idiomatically.

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Make or Do #5 (permalink) Thu Nov 13, 2008 10:41 am   Make or Do
 

Hi,

what is the best way to explain the difference between make and do to learners?

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make vs. do #6 (permalink) Thu Nov 13, 2008 10:44 am   make vs. do
 

Hi Cos,

You might like to look at these:

http://www.english-test.net/lessons/5/index.html

http://www.english-test.net/lessons/24/index.html

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Do and Make #7 (permalink) Mon Sep 21, 2009 15:51 pm   Do and Make
 

Hi
I would like someone explains to me the difference between the verbs Do and Make with some examples and their meanings. :?
Thanks a lot.
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make or do #8 (permalink) Thu Sep 24, 2009 13:48 pm   make or do
 

Hi everyone,
Please,I would like to know wich sentence is corresct and why:
1)I don't know if I did the right choice
2)I don't know if I made the right choice
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make vs. do #9 (permalink) Thu Sep 24, 2009 15:36 pm   make vs. do
 

Hi

made- make collocates with a choice.

did the right thing.
made the right choice.
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make vs. do #10 (permalink) Mon Feb 22, 2010 18:27 pm   make vs. do
 

Hi everybody,
I still have doubts about the difference between Do and Make. If Make is used to refer to create or manufacture, Why do we say: "Make mistakes" and not "Do mistakes"?
Thanks.
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make vs. do #11 (permalink) Mon Feb 22, 2010 19:00 pm   make vs. do
 

Hi,

Doubts you may have but I'm afraid you just have to accept an idiom.

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make or do #12 (permalink) Sun May 16, 2010 21:17 pm   make or do
 

Hello, I have doubts about when do I have to use make or do. Is there any kind of rule in grammar to use it correctly. Many thanks.
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make or do #13 (permalink) Sun May 16, 2010 21:17 pm   make or do
 

Please provide some example sentences.
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make or do #14 (permalink) Sun May 16, 2010 21:26 pm   make or do
 

Here some examples;
If you want to do or make business in another country, it's a good idea to learn the language.
Very few people have managed to do or make a successful living from acting.
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make or do #15 (permalink) Sun May 16, 2010 21:42 pm   make or do
 

Micky wrote:
Here some examples;
If you want to do or make business in another country, it's a good idea to learn the language.
Very few people have managed to do or make a successful living from acting.

In the first sentence, "do" is correct because it means "to perform" or "carry out."

I did a show last night at the theater.
I did my homework.
I did my chores.


In the second sentence, "make" is correct because "make a living" is an idiom meaning "to have a decent career." There is no such expression as "do a living."

"Make" generally means "to create," "to cause to be," or "to force."

I make bread. (create)
I made him angry. (cause to be)
I made it work. (force)
I made him take me to the concert. (force)
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