Make and Do – Collocation – Vocabulary -Intermediate


There are several types of collocation in English.

The most useful and common are Verb + Noun Collocations.

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Do and Make Collocation

Collocation means words that like to be together.

The most common and useful collocations come with the verbs make and do

You probably already know some collocation.

Look at the exercise below and match the verb with the noun.

Many verbs and nouns make collocations, it is a good idea to study these as they may not be the same in your language.

For example in English we have a party and take a photograph. In many languages these are different.





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You can listen to the correct answers below.

As you listen think about how the stress works, try to copy how the words are said.



Listen to Harry, talking about his day, put the word you hear into the space – all the answers collocate with either make or do.

Notice that the collocations still work even if we use different forms – past, perfect or continuous, of the verb.

When I get up in the morning I like to make breakfast, coffee and cereal. Next I like to do some exercise, stretching and a little yoga. This gives me energy for the day. Then I go to work . Last year I made a decision to do my best at work and now I’m doing an exam< in logistics management so I can make more money. I don’t like making mistakes. When I do business I make a promise and it is important to me to not make a mess of everything. have

When I get up in the morning I like to make breakfast, coffee and cereal. Next I like to do some exercise, stretching and a little yoga. This gives me energy for the day. Then I go to work . Last year I made a decision to do my best at work and now I’m doing an exam in logistics management so I can make more money. I don’t like making mistakes. When I do business I make a promise and it is important to me to not make a mess of everything.

Keep a note in your vocabulary book of any collocations you hear or learn – this will make your learning faster and more correct.