¿Cuál es la diferencia entre make y do? ¿Cuándo se utiliza uno u otro? Hoy y siempre queremos facilitarte tu aprendizaje del inglés y que te conviertas en todo un nativo del idioma. Aunque existen algunas excepciones, hay unas normales generales para cuando utilizar make y cuando do.

Diferencia entre make y do:

  • DO se centra en el proceso de actuar o realizar algo, no producimos ningún objeto físico.
  • MAKE enfatiza el producto o resultado de una acción, para producir, construir, crear o construir algo nuevo.

DO por lo general se refiere a la acción en sí misma y MAKE se refiere al resultado. Por ejemplo:

  • I said I was going [outcome] to make a cake, but I’ll do it later [ action].
  • When I do [action] my homework, I sometimes make silly mistakes (outcome)
  • I [action] did some research on the project; I [outcome] made a collage with photos and texts.

Colocaciones comunes con DO

HOUSEWORK

Do the housework When I get back from work, I am usually too tired to do the housework.
Do the laundry I would like to have my laundry done by Wednesday.
Do the dishes We need to do (or wash) the dishes before we clean the ovens.
Do the shopping I did the shopping for the week online.
EXCEPTION:
Make the bed
Make the beds so the look inviting

WORK

Do work We have to do some work on the left wing of the hotel.
Do business We do business with clients in fifteen countries
Do a good/great/terrible job She did a good job organizing the conference.
Do a course  We’re doing a course on Food Hygiene.
Do research Guests can do exercise in the gym or on the outdoor circuit.
Do your hair/nails (= style your hair) We can organize a hairdresser to do your hair on the day.
EXCEPTION:
Do a report Write a report or write up a report
Can you write up a report this afternoon?

Colocaciones comunes con MAKE

FOOD, DRINKS AND MEALS

Make breakfast/lunch/dinner We’re making lunch – it’ll be ready in about ten minutes.
Make a sandwich/packed lunch Could you make me a packed lunch for our picnic?
Make a salad I made a salad for the family picnic.
Make a cup of tea Would you like me to make you a cup of tea?

PLANS & DECISIONS

Make a reservation/booking I’ve made a reservation for 7:30 at our favorite restaurant.
Make plans We’re already making plans to return next year.
Make arrangements Let’s make an arrangement with them for this evening
Make a prediction It’s difficult to make any predictions about the weather.

WORK

Make a payment We’d like to make a payment today.
Make a phone call Please excuse me – I need to make a phone call.
Make a complaint We made a complaint with our internet provider, but we still haven’t heard back from them.

SPEAKING / SOUNDS

Make a suggestion Can I make a suggestion? I think you should go on the wine tour. It’s excellent.
Make a noise Don’t make so much noise!
Make a speech He’s making a speech at the wedding.

OTHER EXPRESSIONS

Make sure (= confirm) Can you make sure we have booked the junior suite, please?
make a difference Getting eight hours of sleep makes a big difference in my day.
make an exception I’m afraid we can’t make any exceptions.
make a mistake You made a few mistakes in the final bill – the correct total is 5330€, not 4230€
EXCEPTION:
Don’t say “make a question.” The correct phrase is “ask a question.”
Mom, can I ask you a question?

COMMON MISTAKE

Don’t say “make a question.” The correct phrase is “ask a question.” Can I ask you a question?

Esperamos que ahora entiendas la diferencia entre make y do y, sobre todo, ¡que puedas ponerla en práctica! No dejes de visitar nuestra sección de aprender inglés de nuestro blog para que cada día seas más experto en el idioma.

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