Make or Do? – the rules

Make – Do Video 1: Simple English Videos One Minute Lesson

Can you do this for me? No problem. Thank you! That was Jason. He does a lot of work for me. That was Jay. He makes a lot of work for me. Oh, we’d love to see you. OK. Half an hour. Bye. They’re coming in half an hour? Yeah. You do the kitchen and I’ll do the living room. OK. With unspecified activities, use ‘do’. It’s the most common verb and we use it when we don’t say exactly what action we’re talking about. So if you’re talking about something, nothing, anything or everything, say ‘do’. Do you need a hand? Ah, no thanks. I think I’ve done everything. Ah, great. Jay, why didn’t you wake me? It’s Sunday. Oh! We’re not doing anything today. Ah! (sigh) What’s the matter. I’m bored. I have nothing to do. Argh! Argh! Argh! Help! Do something! We also use ‘do’ when we’re talking about work. So we do homework. We do housework and chores, those small jobs we all have to do. (sigh) What’s the matter. I’m bored. I have nothing to do.Well, you could do the laundry. We do things like the shopping, and our taxes. You need to do your taxes. Ooo, don’t remind me. I don’t want to think about it. Now let’s look at ‘make’. We use ‘make’ to talk about creative activities, when we bring something new into existence. So we often use make to talk about food we prepare. So make yourself at home, Jason. Thanks. Yeah, make yourself a snack. Great. You could make a sandwich, and we’ve got beer. If you’re making a sandwich, make one for me too. Oh look, it’s a chocolate cake. Emily, make some tea. Tea? Mmmm, of course. To go with our cake. And that’s it. Those are the key rules we follow when we use ‘make’ and ‘do’. But there’s still more work for you to do. Because we use these verbs in lots of common expressions. Check out my next video to see some of those expressions. What are you making. Oh. A paper airplane. Oh cool! Do you want to make one too? Yes. Here. Oh thank you. Well, that’s true. But you know it took… Who did that?

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