Do and Make Exercises (with Printable PDF)

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Danielle McLeod

Danielle McLeod is a highly qualified secondary English Language Arts Instructor who brings a diverse educational background to her classroom. With degrees in science, English, and literacy, she has worked to create cross-curricular materials to bridge learning gaps and help students focus on effective writing and speech techniques. Currently working as a dual credit technical writing instructor at a Career and Technical Education Center, her curriculum development surrounds student focus on effective communication for future career choices.

The English Language has a unique sentence structure and many words that are similar in their use to one another. Because of this, language learners are often confused by actions that are almost identical in definition but different in their use.

The words “do” and “make” are the perfect examples. Both indicate the action of performance, but we use them to express different types of activities and their results.

Confused? Don’t be. We define their use with examples below and have provided simple exercises in a printable worksheet you can practice with.

Do vs. Make: What’s the Difference?

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Do and make are similar verbs. Both deal with the action of creation or completion but have very different uses in a sentence.

Do means to perform, achieve, or complete. Use “do” for actions you must perform, like work or a sport or activities such as folding laundry or outdoor chores.

For example:

  • I have to do my homework before I can play video games.
  • What are you going to do about your car’s flat tire?
  • I did nothing fun all weekend; all I did was work.

Make means to combine, construct, create, or bring about. Use “make” when you are expressing the creation or production of something that is measurable.

For example:

  • I made Christmas cookies.
  • You are making a mess, and I expect you to clean it up.
  • She makes enough money at work to afford a family vacation every year.
Do & Make Exercise #1

Do & Make Exercise #1

Fill in the blanks with the correct form of do or make.
Example: ______ you think he will like my gift?
Answer: Do

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Do & Make Exercise #2

Do & Make Exercise #2

Choose the correct answer to complete each sentence.

My students can _______ their own research cards this year, so we don’t have to provide them.
The campers decided to stop and _________ breakfast before completing the hike.
Sarah ________ her co-worker a favor and made the birthday cake for her.
________ Emmett make a wish when he blew out his birthday candles?
Students __________ pizza in their cooking class today.
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Do & Make Exercise #3

Do & Make Exercise #3

Write in the blanks the correct word (do, make, did, made) to complete the paragraph.

Ginger, the big yellow dog, _______ (1) sad eyes at her owner, hoping to get more treats. In her opinion, they didn’t ______ (2) what they were supposed to, which was to give her treats whenever she begged. She sighed. Oh well, she couldn’t ________ (3) them listen all the time.

She rambled over to her bed, which was _______ (4) up to look like a little couch that was all her own. She pondered what to ______ (5) next. Chase the cat? Lay in the sun on the driveway? Watch for the mailman and the treats he always gave her?

She ________ (6) up her mind and ________ (7) her way over to the front door and looked for someone to ______ (8) what she needed to be done, and opened the door.

Finally, her family saw her and somebody came to ________ (9) sure she got through the door and onto the porch safely. Now, if only somebody could _________ (10) the mailman move faster.

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