Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 9 – Vocabulary – Do & Make

Welcome back to another blog, everyone!  Very grateful and also fascinated that many of my students have problems with these two particular verbs.  Do & Make, two verbs that are often confused, will be broken down in today’s podcast and blog.

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

Do the words down below go with do or make?

  • a pot-roast
  • a course
  • a decision
  • an assignment
  • the lunch
  • well
  • friends
  • chores

**a noise, the shopping, the washing** — explanation in the podcast down below.


Complete the rules with do or make


  1. We usually use ______________ with work at school, work, or university.
  2. We usually use ______________ with work around the house.
  3. We usually use ______________ with things we produce, create, or construct.
  4. We usually use ______________ when we talk about activities in general.
  5. We use _____________ with words like “a decision” or “a mistake”
  6. We use _____________ with these words: your best, a favor, business

Answers in the podcast down below!



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