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Everyday expressions with the verb “make.


Write your own sentence after each expression. The sentences are in the present tense or infinitive, but you can use different
tenses for your sentences (imperative, past, continuous, future, etc.) or use modals before the expressions (would, should, can,
must, etc.). Also, use some negatives!
Examples: The puppy made a mess in the garden. (past tense)
The puppy couldn’t make a mess because it was on a leash. (negative modal)

make a mess – “If you make a mess in your room, you’re going to have to clean it up yourself.”

make time – “I'm very busy, but I’ll try to make time to see you this afternoon.”

make a mistake – “Clint makes a lot of mistakes on his homework and his teacher gets angry.”

make money – “Being an English teacher is not a good way to make money!”

make plans – “They make plans to travel to South America every summer.”

make dinner – “Her husband makes dinner every other night.”

make noise – “Try not to make too much noise, or you will wake the baby.”

make the bed – “Don't forget to make your bed before you go to school.”

make a (telephone) call – “I’ll be right there. I just need to make a quick phone call.”

make sure/certain – “I make sure to lock the door when I leave in the morning.”

make a decision – “I always make decisions quickly.”

make believe – “The kids make believe they are superheroes.”

make excuses – “She always makes excuses for her husband’s bad behavior.”

make a living – “It’s hard to make a living in today’s economy.”

make a difference – “People like Mother Teresa make a real difference in the world.”

make fun of – “Bullies make fun of weaker people.”

make a change – “It’s time to make a big change in my life. I’ve decided to move to Paris.”

make a scene – “I’d rather not make a scene, so please lower your voice.”
Everyday expressions with the verb “do.”
Write your own sentence after each expression. The sentences are in the present tense or infinitive, but you can use different
tenses for your sentences (imperative, past, continuous, future, etc.) or use modals before the expressions (would, should, can,
must, etc.). Also, use some negatives!
Examples: He’s not going to do his homework this week. (negative with future tense)
I would do my homework, if I understood it! (modal)

do homework – “She does her homework before dinner.”

do the housework – “He does the housework while she cooks.”

do the dishes – “I do the dishes when the sink is full!”

do the shopping – “People sometimes do the shopping before they go to work.”

do an assignment – “I’m going to have to do the assignment soon. It’s due in three days.”

do (someone)a favor – “She usually does him a favor by letting him use her car.”

do the right thing – “We do the right thing and walk to work. It’s better for the environment.”

do without – “My husband isn’t working right now, so we are learning to do without.”

do the math – “We do the math before we make any large purchases to see if we can afford them.”

do volunteer work – “People do volunteer work to make them feel good about themselves.”

do the research – “They do a lot of research before they make any big decisions.”

do any good – “It doesn’t do any good to cry about it. It’s in the past.”

do something – “There’s been an accident! Somebody do something! Call 911!” (imperative)

do (something) over again – “When her homework is wrong, she does it over again.”

do (your, my, her, etc.) best – “We always try to do our best.”

do the talking – “When he does the talking, people seem to listen.”