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It can be hard to decide when to use 'make' or 'do' in English. Here's some help.
1: We use 'make' when we create or construct something. For example:
- She made a cake.
- I've made us some coffee.
- Did you really make those trousers?
2: We use 'do' for general activities. In this case, 'do' is often used with 'something', 'nothing', 'anything' or 'everything':
- What did you do at the weekend?
- I didn't do anything yesterday.
- She's fed up with doing everything herself. She needs some help.
- Are you doing anything interesting during the holidays?
NOTE: 'What do you do?' means 'what's your job?'
3: There are many, many fixed expressions with 'make' and 'do'. Unfortunately, they don't really follow any useful rules, so you have to learn them. Sorry!
Here's a list: (download this list in PDF).
And click here for 'make' or 'do' exercise 1.
Thanks to Perfect English Grammar