Do vs Make - English Grammar - Teaching Tips

 

In this video, we focus on the difference between the usage of "do" and "make". We use the verb 'do' when someone performs an action, activity or task. Some common expression with 'do' include : do a crossword, do the ironing, do your job, do the dishes, and do homework. We also use the verb 'do' when referring to things in general and to describe an action without saying exactly what the action is. In this case, 'do' is often used with the words 'something, nothing, anything, everything, for example ' I'm not doing anything today', or ' He does everything for his wife'.There are also a number of fixed expressions that always take the verb 'do', such as: do badly, do business, do a favor, do good, and do harm, just to name a few. On the other hand, we use the verb 'make' for constructing, building or creating, for example: make a car, make food, make a cup of tea. 'Make' also has various set expressions: make arrangements, make a choice, make a decision , make an effort , make an excuse, and make friends.


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I basically used this module as a refresher to what I had already learned in high school. I pride myself on using correct English when I write, and this lesson has provided confirmation that I write according to the rules I learned. I only wish I could incorporate this into my speech.I liked this unit as it builds on the information of the previous unit (as it is supposed to do)! I understand the importance more of being the best teacher I can be so I can help pass on my knowledge. The information in this unit was excellent and I look forward to my future lessons.This unit helped me to brush up my existing skill in understanding those common usage of grammar and the structure of forming sentences. I'm always confusing in where and when to use an adverb, as well as identifying gerund. After watching the video, I got a very clear picture of them.