Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Confusing Words


You do an exam. But there are no easy rules to follow. We always use do to describe indefinite activities, often with what, thing, anything, nothing, etc and generally speaking we also use do to talk about duties, jobs or (leisure) activities. Look at the following examples:

He didn't do anything. He just sat there. You expect me to do everything around the house. Well, I'm fed up!
I did all my homework last night so tonight I'm going to do the housework.
I did a lot of research and I think I did a good job on that essay. I did my best anyway.
I intend to do lots of walking on holiday this year, and perhaps some bird-watching too.


We tend to use make when we are talking about constructing, creating or performing something. Study the following examples:

'I made three suggestions and left it to him to make the final decision.'
'I've made all the arrangements for the trip and I've made a great effort to get it all right.'
'I'm afraid I'm going to have to make my excuses and leave.'
'I have to make three phone calls.'

do the cleaning and the cooking

make a lasting impression (on someone)

do the shopping and the washing-up do some serious work

do a lot of damage (to something)

make an announcement

make an application (e.g. for a driving test)

make a sound or a noise

do one's hair or one's teeth

do a lot of harm rather than gooddo business (with somebody)

do (somebody) a favour

make love, not war

make a mess, a profit or a fortune

make fun of someone or a fool of someone

make amends for one's behaviour

1 comment:

ai viet said...

Màu xanh này khó thấy quá.sir.
sir gioi ghê.