I have trouble choosing between make and do in a sentence. Could someone please explain them to me?
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As a native speaker of English (no linguist), I can give a simple answer:
"Make" usually denotes creation of a "new" product or result. Examples: Mother will make dinner. The accident made a lot of noise. Don't make me angry! Exceptions seem to be in informal uses of "make": How did you make out? (This usage means to ask about the quality of one's experience or level of success.) He's on the make. (This is an idiomatic usage)
"Do" is used to denote engagement in a specific task; the product or result (if any) is less important than engagement in the task. Examples: The student must do the homework. My husband hates to do laundry. I have nothing to do this evening. Informal usages: The killer did him in with an ax (murdered). He wants to do her (have intercourse).
Hope this helps.