Collocations with the verb делать (do)

The verb делать means to do or make something (in Russian it’s the same thing). Any activity can be expressed by this verb.

How to use the verb

To understand the idea better, let’s look at the the following examples:

Что ты делаешь?  – What are you doing?

Том делает красивую мебель из дерева. – Tom makes beautiful furniture out of wood.

The verb делать can also mean repair (=чинить) something in informal situations.

Verb делать in Russian

Collocations with the verb делать

Collocations are groups of words that appear together in a sentence. Here’s the collocation list, where the verb делать goes with a word or phrase.

делать уроки – to do homework

делать уборку – to do the cleaning

делать ремонт – to make repair, to renovate

делать покупки – to make purchases

делать маникюр – to do nails

делать гимнастику, делать зарядку – to do exercises

делать замечание – to make a remark/comment

делать исключение – to make an exception

делать вывод(ы) – to draw a conclusion (conclusions)

делать поспешные выводы – to make hasty conclusions, to  jump to conclusions

делать успехи – to make progress, to make headway

делать попытку – to make an attempt

делать ход – to make a move

делать выбор – to make a choice

делать карьеру – to make a career

делать деньги – to make money

делать выговор – to reprimand

делать добро/зло – to do good/evil

делать ставку – to make a bet

делать глоток – to take a sip

делать перерыв – to make a break

делать предложение – to propose / to make an offer

делать крюк – to make a detour

делать честь – to honor, to do honour

делать на совесть – to do (something) properly

делать вид, что… – to pretend, to make it seem like

Не делай вид, что ты не знал. – Don’t pretend that you didn’t know.

делать ноги – to cut and run

не делать резких движений – not to make sudden movements

от нечего делать – with nothing (better) to do

погоды не делать – to make no difference

только и делать(, что) – to do only (something)

делать из му́хи слона́ (idiom) – to make a mountain out of a molehill

Here’s a video version of this lesson:

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