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Everyday Verbs: MAKE and DO


This lesson deals with collocations with make and do, two verbs that many learners have problems with.

If you remember that the basic meaning of make is about producing something and the basic meaning of do is about performing an action, then the collocations on this page may seem more logical.

Collocation Examples with MAKE

make arrangements for
The school can make arrangements for pupils with special needs.

make a change / changes
The new manager is planning to make some changes.

make a choice
Amelia had to make a choice between her career and her family.

make a comment /comments
Would anyone like to make any comments on the talk?

make a contribution to
She made a useful contribution to the discussion.

make a decision
I’m glad it’s you who has to make the decision, not me.

make an effort
Michael is really making an effort with his maths this term.

make an excuse
I’m too tired to go out tonight. Let’s make an excuse and stay at home.

make friends
Caroline is very good at making friends.

make an improvement
Repainting the room has really made an improvement.

make a mistake
They’ve made a mistake in our bill.

make a phone call
I’ve got to make some phone calls before dinner.

make progress
Holly is making progress with all her schoolwork.

Collocation Examples with DO

Tip: Notice all the patterns that you can see in these tables. For example, make a comment, make an excuse and make a contribution to a discussion are all connected with saying things. Noticing connections like this may help you to remember the correct collocation.

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