Collocations with DO and MAKE –
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Collocations with DO and MAKE

DO is used for actions, obligations, and repetitive tasks, while MAKE is used for creating or producing something, and for actions you choose to do.

The most Common English Collocations with DO are:

  • do anything / everything / nothing

Are you doing anything for tomorrow’s party?

I will do everything you want to make you happy.

He is doing nothing to help us.

  • do business

We do business with many companies around the world.

  • do a course (take a course)

I am doing an English course at University this month.

  • do the dishes (wash the dishes)

I’ll do the dishes after dinner.

  • do exercises

We should do exercises every day.

  • do a good/great/terrible job

She did a great job organizing the conference.

  • do homework

Do your homework now if you want to spend more time with your friends!

  • do your hair (= style your hair)

I need to do my hair before we go there.

  • do the housework

After I arrive home from school, I will do the housework.

  • do the laundry

I have to do the laundry – all my clothes are dirty!

  • do the nails (paint the nails)

I can’t open this pack, I just did my nails and they are still wet.

  • do a report (write a report)

I’m going to do that report in the morning. 

  • do the right thing

I wanted to do the right thing but they didn’t let me.

  • do the shopping

We did some shopping, then we went home.

  • do work

I can’t go out with you these days – I have to do some work for my parents.

  • do well / good / badly

She did pretty well on the test.

He did badly his homework.

They did a good work.

  • do your best

Don’t worry about the mark – just do your best.


The most Common English Collocations with MAKE are:

  • make an attempt / effort (to try)

Make an attempt, maybe you will get the job!

I’m making an effort to pay all my bills till the end of the week.

  • make breakfast/lunch/dinner

I’m making lunch – don’t buy junk food!

  • make the bed

I am always making my bed before I go to school.

  • make a cup of coffee / tea

Could you make a cup of tea, please?

  • make a comment

Mum made many comments about my clothes last night.

  • make a complaint

I’ve made a complaint about my internet service twice and the problem is still there.

  • make a confession

The man made a confession to his friends: he was the one who robbed the bank.

  • make a choice / decision

I’ve made a choice – I’m going to study at the Oxford University next year.

They made a decision about our salary yesterday morning.

  • make a difference

Eating healthy food really made a huge difference in my life!

  • make a discovery

I’ve just made a discovery that can change the world.

  • make an exception

We’ll make an exception only this time, don’t be late again.

  • make an excuse

He made a lot of excuses not to meet me.

  • make a fortune

Richard made a fortune after he started his acting career.

  • make friends

It’s hard to make friends when you socialize very little.

  • make fun of someone (tease / mock someone)

The other kids made fun of me when I first came in the class.

  • make a joke

He tried to make a joke, but nobody listened to him.

  • make a list

I’m making a list of everything we need to prepare that recipe for dinner.

  • make a mistake

He made a few mistakes on the test but he passed it.

  • make money / a profit

I love my job, but I don’t make enough money.

My company made a huge profit last year.

  • make an observation

I’d like to make an observation about your project if you don’t mind.

  • make a pass at (flirt with someone)

One of my best friends made a pass at my sister.

  • make a phone call

I have to make a phone call to that company immediately.

  • make plans

We’re making plans for our next holiday.

  • make a point

My boss made a good point about our work, we should think more about it.

  • make a prediction

I can’t make a prediction about our future, all I know is I’ll be with you till the end.

  • make progress

I feel I am making a good progress in learning Russian language.

  • make a promise

She made me a promise when we were young, but she doesn’t remember about it anymore.

  • make a reservation

I’ve made a reservation for her birthday at her favourite restaurant.

  • make a sandwich

Do you want me to make you a sandwich?

  • make a salad

I made a salad for him last night.

  • make a speech

I had to make the speech for the six o’clock meeting.

  • make a suggestion

Can I make a suggestion about this crisis? – We should reduce the costs with this old equipment and buy a new one.

  • make sure (to confirm)

Can you make sure we have all the ingredients?

  • make up (resolve a problem in a relationship)

Tom and his parents finally made up after the fight they had 2 days ago.

  • make up your mind (to decide)

Shall I use red colour or blue for this wall? I can’t make up my mind!