#EngClass #EngQuiz: do vs. make

Today I would like to share a tiny bit of knowledge about grammar. But first of all, help me fill in the gap with “do” or “make”.

Fill in the gap with “do” or “make”:

  1. Can you ___ the housework, please?
  2. Hmm.. The story doesn’t ___ sense.

Correct! Very good! :) “: 1. Can you “do” the housework, please? 2. Hmm.. The story doesn’t “make” sense.

And.. How about this one:

Have you made/ done your homework? In bahasa Indonesia: Apa kamu sudah membuat PR?

Yes, you are right. :) “: Have you done your homework?

So, how do you know if the answer is do or make? What is the difference between the two of them?

Both “do” and “make” are general verbs that can be followed by a noun or noun phrase describing some object or action.

The difference: “Do” means “perform a action or activity”. Examples: do it, do good, do homework, do the washing, do a project.

While: “Make” means “bring into existence”, “produce some result”. Examples: make some tea, make mistakes, make bed, make peace.

Let’s do this exercise to check our understanding. :) The instruction: fill in the gap with “do” or “make”.


  1. Don’t forget to ___ the dishes after you finish your dinner.
  2. It’s difficult to ___ a living with this kind of economy.
  3. Psst. I have to ___ some talking with these people to calm them down.
  4. Are you hungry? No worries. I’ll ___ you a meal.
  5. You failed in the last interview. You have to ___ better in the next one.
  6. Can you please ___ a copy of this proposal? Thanks a lot.
  7. You can start without me. I have to ___ some work.
  8. Listen. I want to ___ a point here.
  9. I’m sorry, I can ___ nothing about it.
  10. I should ___ a phone call to cancel that order.

So, what do you think of the ? Easy, right? Let’s check your answers. :)


  1. Do
  2. Make
  3. Do
  4. Make
  5. Do
  6. Make
  7. Do
  8. Make
  9. Do
  10. Make

Source: An A – Z of English Grammar & Usage by Geoffrey Leech et al.

Compiled and written by @NenoNeno at @EnglishTips4U on October 26, 2014

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