I would like to know What's the right way to say this "make an exception or do an exception.

Thank you.

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    Generally, "make an exception" is more idiomatic. There are case where "do an exception" is appropriate though (even though I can't come up with a good example right now). – Hot Licks Apr 4 at 22:53
  • Are you a native speaker of one of those languages (like French and German) which translate "make" and "do" by one word ("faire" and "machen" in the above languages)? If so I can understand you doubts. Usually the word "make" relates to the production of something tangible (She will make a chair, I will make a cake) whereas "do" usually refers to an action which does not produce anything new (She will do the ironing, I will do the cleaning), however the case of exceptions is, in itself, an exception to the rule. English eh? – BoldBen Apr 4 at 23:37

I think "make an exception" would be correct.


from the OED, to make an exception is idiomatic.

Phrases, partaking of senses: to make (an) exception; with (the) exception (of, that); without exception; †in exception to.

As in:

I'm sorry, but I can't make an exception.

  • Then you're a pretty lousy programmer. – Hot Licks Apr 5 at 1:41

The graph gives only the phrase with "make".

The verb DO is usually used with processes (to do exercises, housework, etc.).

The verb MAKE is usually used with results (to make mistakes, attempts, etc.).

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