GRAMMAR: Make or Do
Make and Do are used with different expressions e.g.
Make: a mistake, a difference, a fuss, an impression, a profit, a loss, sense.
We made a mistake, last year we made a $1m profit not a $2m loss.
Do: a deal, the accounts, damage, business with, someone a favour, the maths
She did us a favour by ignoring the error and it did no damage to our reputation.
Learn these idioms:
Make do = manage on limited resources – He made do with the old computer.
Word of mouth = a friend’s recommendation – We grew by word of mouth.
Ballpark figure = an estimated cost – $3m is a ballpark figure for the refit.
Down to earth = open and honest – I like her, she’s very down to earth.
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