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Poem No. 2 to Learn the difference Between the Use of "Make" and "Do"

Making the Most of the Verbs “Make” and “Do”!

By Marianne Raynaud

At school I do German, and even Chinese

I’ll do your hair, if you just say “Please”!

I’ll do business with people, who are honest and kind

I’ll do a translation, if the words I can find

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I’ll do more gymnastics, if I want to lose weight

But I’ll never do drugs, ’cos it’s something I hate

I’d rather do favors when politely you ask

Doing physics for instance is not a great task

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I’ll do engineering if the job’s well paid

I’ll do an internship, if an agreement is made

I’ll do nothing but sit here till evening does come

Making lists of people who want to have fun

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How do you do? I think we have met

Doing 200 miles is a record you set!

I can’t do without the clothes that you brought

But you’ll do away with those fish that you caught!

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I know that my lines don’t seem to make sense

That learning by heart can make students tense

I’m just doing my work as a teacher who tries

To make her students progress till the day that she dies!

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Assignment:

Learn the poem above by heart and be ready to recite it to your partner.

Make a list of the expressions with “do” or “make” that are used in this poem. How many are there?

Then test your partner on these uses of “do” and “make”.

Vocabulary:

an internship (a training period): work in a company without getting the regular pay before you get a permanent position

do without: continue without needing something.

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