Make vs. Do

This time, we're gonna focus a bit on grammatically confusing words. I promise you this journey will be as fascinating as the others. C'mon.

"Make" vs. "Do" in the English Grammar

What Is Their Main Difference?

Both are action verbs and they indicate doing something. However, we mainly use 'make' to indicate producing something, whereas, 'do' is used for performing physical activity. We do not necessarily create something.


When we use 'make', we indicate that we are producing or causing something. It mainly focuses on the result. Look at the examples below:

Honey, I wanna make pancakes for you today.

My question is: 'How do we make whipped cream?'

'Do', on the other hand, refers to performing different tasks. We do not necessarily produce anything. We can use 'do' for most of our day-to-day activities. Check out the examples below:

Did Sarah do the laundry?

Who's gonna do the dishes tonight?


They are only similar in that they are both action verbs and indicate an action taking place. Look below:

I wish I knew how to make delicious cupcakes.

I'm concerned about John not doing his homework.

Are They Interchangeable?

We cannot use these two vers interchangeably because 'do' has different grammatical functions. It can also be an auxiliary verb. Additionally, their different meanings do not let us use them interchangeably. Compare:

✓ Why should women always be associated with doing the household chores?

X Why should women always be associated with making the household chores?

As you can see, this one does not make any sense.


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