Do can be an auxiliary or a main verb.
- Auxiliary verb - Do you live here?
- Main verb - What are you doing now?
As a main verb do means "general activity."
- What are you doing this weekend?
- We need to do something about this problem.
- Never do it again!
- What can I do to help you?
Do is also used for talking about work.
- What do you do (= What is your job?)
- I have to do my homework.
- He didn't do any work yesterday.
Make can only be a main verb. The meaning is "creating or constructing something."
- These toys were made in China.
- I made a card for my Grandma.
- Who made this costume for you?
- Sam, you need to make your bed before breakfast. Do it now!
Remember the following expressions with make and do. Note that make is used more often than do.
|make a connection||do right / wrong|
|make a difference||do 50 mph|
|make a loss /profit||do away with something|
|make a point||do enough|
|make a purchace||do farm (dental) work|
|make a speech||do the dishes|
|make a suggestion||do one's best|
|make advances||do one's duty|
|make a proposal||do one's /somebody hair|
|make a fortune||do someone good|
|make a living||do housework|
|make an alternation|
|make an observation|
|make an arrangement|
|make up one's mind|
|make something (im)possible|
|make something clear|