Common English Collocations with DO and MAKE

Learn useful expressions with 'do' and 'make' for daily English conversations....

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Learn useful collocations with DO and MAKE for daily English conversations.

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Common English Collocations With MAKE


  • Make breakfast/lunch/dinner

E.g: I’m making dinner – it’ll be ready in about ten minutes.

  • Make a sandwich

E.g: Could you make me a turkey sandwich?

  • Make a salad

E.g: I made a salad for the family picnic.

  • Make a cup of tea

E.g: Would you like me to make you a cup of tea?

  • Make a reservation

E.g: I’ve made a reservation for 7:30 at our favorite restaurant.


  • Make money

E.g: I enjoy my job, but I don’t make very much money.

  • Make a profit

E.g: The new company made a profit within its first year.

  • Make a fortune

E.g: He made a fortune after his book hit #1 on the bestseller list.

  • Make $___

E.g: I made $250 selling my old CDs on the internet.


  • Make friends

E.g: It’s hard to make friends when you move to a big city.

  • Make a pass at (= flirt with someone)

E.g: My best friend’s brother made a pass at me – he asked if I was single and tried to get my phone number.

  • Make fun of someone (= tease / mock someone)

E.g: The other kids made fun of Jimmy when he got glasses, calling him “four eyes.”

  • Make up (= resolve a problem in a relationship)

E.g: Karen and Jennifer made up after the big fight they had last week.


  • Make a phone call

E.g: Please excuse me – I need to make a phone call.

  • Make a joke

E.g: He made a joke, but it wasn’t very funny and no one laughed.

  • Make a point

E.g: Dana made some good points during the meeting; I think we should consider her ideas.

  • Make a bet

E.g: I made a bet with Peter to see who could do more push-ups.

  • Make a complaint

E.g: We made a complaint with our internet provider about their terrible service, but we still haven’t heard back from them.

  • Make a confession

E.g: I need to make a confession: I was the one who ate the last piece of cake.

  • Make a speech

E.g: The company president made a speech about ethics in the workplace.

  • Make a suggestion

E.g: Can I make a suggestion? I think you should cut your hair shorter – it’d look great on you!

  • Make a prediction

E.g: It’s difficult to make any predictions about the future of the economy.

  • Make an excuse

E.g: When I asked him if he’d finished the work, he started making excuses about how he was too busy.

  • Make a promise

E.g: I made a promise to help her whenever she needs it.

(You can also say, “I promised to help her whenever she needs it.”)

  • Make a fuss (= demonstrate annoyance)

E.g: Stop making a fuss – he’s only late a couple minutes. I’m sure he’ll be here soon.

  • Make an observation

E.g: I’d like to make an observation about our business plan – it’s not set in stone, so we can be flexible.

  • Make a comment

E.g: The teacher made a few critical comments on my essay.

EXCEPTION: Don’t say “make a question.” The correct phrase is “ask a question.”

Plans & Progress

  • Make plans

E.g: We’re making plans to travel to Australia next year.

  • Make a decision/choice

E.g: I’ve made my decision – I’m going to go to New York University, not Boston University.

  • Make a mistake

E.g: You made a few mistakes in your calculations – the correct total is $5430, not $4530.

  • Make progress

E.g: My students are making good progress. Their spoken English is improving a lot.

  • Make an attempt / effort (= try)

E.g: I’m making an effort to stop smoking this year.

  • Make up your mind (= decide)

E.g: Should I buy a desktop or a laptop computer? I can’t make up my mind.

  • Make a discovery

E.g: Scientists have made an important discovery in the area of genetics.

  • Make a list

E.g: I’m making a list of everything we need for the wedding: invitations, decorations, a cake, a band, the dress…

  • Make sure (= confirm)

E.g: Can you make sure we have enough copies of the report for everybody at the meeting?

  • Make a difference

E.g: Getting eight hours of sleep makes a big difference in my day. I have more energy!

  • Make an exception

E.g: Normally the teacher doesn’t accept late homework, but she made an exception for me because my backpack was stolen with my homework inside it.

Common English Collocations With DO


  • Do the housework

E.g: After I got home from the office, I was too tired to do the housework.

  • Do the laundry

E.g: I really need to do the laundry – I don’t have any clean clothes left!

  • Do the dishes

E.g: I’ll make dinner if you do the dishes afterwards.

(You can also say “wash the dishes”)

  • Do the shopping

E.g: I went to the bank, did some shopping, and mailed a package at the post office.

EXCEPTION: make the bed = putting blankets, sheets, and pillows in the correct place so that the bed looks nice and not messy.

Work / Study

  • Do work

E.g: I can’t go out this weekend – I have to do some work on an extra project.

  • Do homework

E.g: You can’t watch any TV until you’ve done your homework.

  • Do business

E.g: We do business with clients in fifteen countries.

  • Do a good/great/terrible job

E.g: She did a good job organizing the party.

(In this expression, “job” doesn’t necessarily refer to work. It simply means the person did something well)

  • Do a report

E.g: I’m doing a report on the history of American foreign policy.

(You can also say “writing a report”)

  • Do a course

E.g: We’re doing a course at the local university.

(You can also say “taking a course”)

Taking Care of Your Body

  • Do exercise

E.g: I do at least half an hour of exercise every day.

  • Do your hair (= style your hair)

E.g: I’ll be ready to go in 15 minutes – I just need to do my hair.

  • Do your nails (= paint your nails)

E.g: Can you open this envelope for me? I just did my nails and they’re still wet.

General Good or Bad Actions

  • Do anything / something / everything / nothing

E.g: Are you doing anything special for your birthday?

You can’t do everything by yourself – let me help you.

  • Do well

E.g: I think I did pretty well in the interview.

  • Do badly

E.g: Everyone did badly on the test – the highest grade was 68.

  • Do good

E.g: The non-profit organization has done a lot of good in the community.

  • Do the right thing

E.g: When I found someone’s wallet on the sidewalk, I turned it in to the police because I wanted to do the right thing.

  • Do your best

E.g: Don’t worry about getting everything perfect – just do your best.

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Collocations with DO and MAKE

Collocations with DO and MAKE

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