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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
Set and costume designer Sarah Beaton talks about how she began her career and how she approached the set and costume design of Mix the Play, where you can create a scene from one of Shakespeare's most loved plays, 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream'