LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||22/ABR/2010 12:30 PM|
|Assunto:||Make or do?|
With report, I have heard to do and to make.
I don´t think you will find a magic formula. This seems to be something that must be learned phrase by phrase, and that comes from a lot of listening and reading.
You can do something nice or make something nice. (The meaning is a little different. You do something nice when you remember your cousin´s birthday, and you make something nice when you construct with your hands a table to give to her as a present.) When you bake a cake, you make a cake. Mary does her hair when she goes to the beauty shop and has her hair cut and styled. You do Paris when you go there on vacation, but you make the trip there. (You do lunch with Paula when you eat together, but make lunch if you prepare the sandwiches.) You do the cha-cha-cha when you dance it, but you make a lot of noise when you play your stereo.
Obviously, to make often refers to creating something but that is not a solid rule. There are exceptions, and the exceptions have exceptions. Even to make love can be said to do. (Do me.)
Is that as clear as mud?
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