The verbs make and do often cause confusion because in other languages, there is sometimes only one main word (e.g. fazer) to express these two verbs. There are some basic rules to help decide which verb to use but there are many exceptions (especially when using 'make' and 'do' in idiomatic expressions).
When to use 'make'
Generally, we use 'make' when something is created or produced. This is typically a physical creations (e.g. make a cake) but it can also be abstract, e.g. make a complaint.
When to use 'do'
Generally, we use 'do' when we complete, perform or execute an activity, task or type of work that already exists, i.e. we didn't create it.
There are many uses of make and do* that do not fit that clearly into the above rules.
|Lots of useful rules to help choose between 'make' and 'do'. Also, a list of common collocations.||Woodward English|
|Some basic rules and exceptions. Includes subtitles.||English with Lucy|
|Summary of the main tip for helping to decide between 'make' and 'do'.||Blog da Focus|
|Some rules for using 'make' and 'do'.||BBC Learning|