The words ‘do’ and ‘make’ are often confused. While they are similar, there are differences between them that must be noted.

‘Do’ is used as follows:

  1. For daily activities.

Do homework.

Do the dishes.

  1. In general reference, ie, when one does not have a specific activity in mind.

I’m not doing anything tonight.

You are doing too much for one person.

  1. In standard expressions, ie, collocations (verb + noun combinations) that have become standardised through usage.

Do one’s best.

Do a favour.

‘Make’, on the other hand, is used:

  1. To describe an activity that produces something tangible.

Make coffee.

Make breakfast.

  1. In standard expressions.

Make room.

Make do.