I can make it on Monday

CORALINNA

Senior Member
Portuguese - Brasil
This dialogue is in the Market Leader Elementary book (CD2 Track 33):

"L : OK, let's meet one day next week. What day is good for you?
S: I can do Monday or Tuesday afternoon.
L: Sorry, I can't make Monday or Tuesday. How about later in the week? Is Friday OK?
s: Yes, I can do Friday morning after 11.
L: Yes, that's fine for me. Friday at 11.30. See you then.
S: OK. Bye.
L: Bye."

I knew I could say "I can/can't make it on Monday/at 11." But here we have "I can do/I can make". So, when to use "make" or "do" and is "I can't make Monday" a short form for "I can't make it on Monday"?
 
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    I knew I could say "I can/can't make it on Monday/at 11."
    This seems perfectly normal to me. I would also use it in this remark.

    But here we have "I can do/I can make".
    People sometimes use do or make loosely in their references to attending some planned activity.

    So, when to use "make" or "do"
    I suppose that this is a matter of taste. I am not a big fan of I can do Monday or Tuesday although the meaning of the remark is perfectly clear.

    and is "I can't make Monday" a short form for "I can't make it on Monday"?
    Yes.
     
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