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I've just made myself a cup of tea and I should do some housework soon but, it got me thinking about two words that many students find very difficult to use. Today, I want to talk to you about 'make' and 'do'. So why are these words so difficult to use? The answer is that both words have very similar meanings and, in many languages they use just one word .

Like 'hacer' in Spanish So what is the main difference? Well with 'make' you are creating something that didn't exist before Whilst with 'do' you're completing a task that already exists Now please remember as with all English concepts there are always exceptions .

And I will talk about those after I've explained the most important parts. So things that we can create from scratch: A coffee or tea: shall I make you one? An offer: I'd like to make you an offer. Can I make a suggestion? Alright, but only if you make me a promise. Also: I think I've made a mistake. I'd like to make a complaint! Who's making that noise? .

I've made a really important discovery. Most things to do with business go with make for example: profit and loss Last month I made a loss but this month I want to make a profit. You can also make an investment into somebody else's business. If you're sure that your football team is going to win It could be an idea to make a bet on them to try and earn some extra cash .

And also, if things go really well for you and you earn a lot of money you will have made a fortune. Now let's talk about 'do'. I've already told you that 'do' is when you complete a task that already exists For example: every night I do my homework. Next week I have to do a test. In science we did experiments. I hope I don't have to do any interviews soon! .

Next summer, I think I'll do a language course. Housework chores are tasks, and that's an important one to remember I hate doing the shopping. I don't mind doing the dishes but I loathe (and that means really hate) doing the ironing. You can also do well or badly at something I did badly in an exam last summer, so now I have to do it again. You can do bad or good. .

Doing good is doing something positive If you eat healthily, you do yourself good. You also do your best, or do your worst. If you run a race, you should do your best to try and achieve the best possible time. I've got my red pen out! It's exception time and unfortunately there are many exceptions to do with 'do' and 'make'. I told you that most things to do with money and business .

Go with make However, have you ever heard the phrase 'Pleasure doing business with you'? Business, just the word, goes with do. We do business with someone. I also said that housework and chores go with do. But when I get up in the morning I should make my bed. I also said that make was to do with creation So we create art, right? .

Wrong! We do a drawing. And finally, girls, hair and make-up. I do my hair, and I also do my make-up. Ooh! Sorry! Just doing my lipstick. Um, that's it for 'make' or 'do'. I really hope you learnt something And I would really appreciate it if you subscribe and also if you attempt the quiz that I'm showing next. You can leave your answers in the comments .

And I will try and correct them all. Bye bye! Some………………… lpfdkgplfjdskgflkgpjgspljgdpddlp