Some common mistakes

Make and Do

Many languages use the same word for ‘make’ and ‘do’. However, in English, they are different, and it can be difficult to remember which one to use. Try to remember that a synonym for ‘make’ is ‘create’.

For example, yesterday you mixed the ingredients for a cake, and then baked it in the oven. Think to yourself:

‘Did I create this cake?’

So, you can say ‘I made a cake yesterday.’

Yesterday, you also went to the supermarket and bought some food. Think to yourself:

‘Did I create the shopping?’
NO – the food was already there, you just bought the food.

So, you can say ‘I did the shopping yesterday.’

One exception to this is with ‘photo’. In English, we say ‘take a photo’, NOT *‘make a photo’.