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Business Collocations with Do and Make

Make and do cause a lot of problems for English language learners. Instead of memorizing rules and trying to apply them to every situation, students should learn make and do collocations. Below is a collection of some make and do collocations that are likely to come up in a business context. Also try this make vs. do practice activity.


make a choice
make a comparison
make a complaint
make a connection
make a contribution
make a decision
make a demand
make a difference
make a fortune
make a living
make a mess
make a mistake
make a noise/sound
make a point
make a profit
make a promise
make a request
make a suggestion
make a telephone call
make an appointment
make an attempt
make an effort
make an exception
make an excuse
make an offer
make changes
make clear
make ends meet
make money
make payments
make plans
make progress
make the best of something
make the most of something
make time
make sense
make sure
a job well done
do a crime
do an experiment
do business
do damage
do good/bad
do harm
do research
do right/wrong
do someone a favor
do something/anything
do well
do your best
do your duty
do your part
do your share