The Make or Do Quiz

Make or Do, Better English with STAR

Make or Do, Better English with STAR

When it comes to learning English, the infinitive verbs to do and to make follow a set of rules similar to each other. Let’s explore the definitions of do and make, and their subsequent collocations… Then, take the quiz!


The rules are a little obscure and not so easy to follow. The verb do describes activities and are placed with words such as what, nothing, anything, thing, etc. People generally use do to talk about leisure activities, duties, tasks, jobs and so forth.


  • ‘What shall we do now?’ ‘You can do what you like. I’m going home!’
  • ‘He didn’t do anything. He just sat there.’
  • ‘You expect me to do everything around the house. Well, I’m fed up!’
  • ‘I did all my homework last night so tonight I’m going to do the housework.’
  • ‘I did a lot of research and I think I did a good job on that essay. I did my best anyway.’
  • ‘I intend to do lots of walking on holiday this year, and perhaps some bird-watching too.’


The use of the verb make describes when someone is constructing, creating or performing something.


  • ‘I made three suggestions and left it to him to make the final decision.’
  • ‘I’ve made all the arrangements for the trip and I’ve made a great effort to get it all right.’
  • ‘I’m afraid I’m going to have to make my excuses and leave.’
  • ‘I have to make three phone calls.’


Time to test your knowledge now. It’s not an easy task for an English language learner; it takes time, knowing your usage, learning more and knowing which verbs collocate with which nouns. Give it a try.

Possible Verb Sentence (imperative)
do make …the washing-up and the cleaning
do make …your homework now!
do make …an application for your driving licence.
do make …an impression.
do make …something worth being proud.
do make …a fortune, a mess or a profit.
do make …business (with somebody).
do make …a cake for your sister’s birthday, will you?
do make …an effort to be nice (to someone).
do make …amends for your bad behaviour.
do make …the right thing tonight and be polite to her.
do make Can you…the dinner this evening as I’ll be out until late?
do make …an announcement or a speech.

*Examples taken from the BBC, Learn English online programme.

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Google Announces the new Search Console

Introducing the new Search Console

Introducing the new Search Console from Google

Google’s Webmasters Tools has been providing webmasters with useful features to help them make their websites more findable and useful for almost ten years.

But Google wants to rebrand and rename Webmasters Tools: Introducing the new Search Console!


Since change is always a good thing, well, most of the time, Google’s reason behind the rebranding is that webmasters aren’t the only people who use the app. Inclusion is the keyword! As Google has stated, “the traditional idea of ‘webmaster’ reflects only some of you.” There are all kinds of webmaster out there from hobbyists, small business owners, SEO experts, marketers, programmers, designers, app developers, and, of course, webmasters as well.

The one thing they all have in common, apart from using Webmasters Tools of course, is the desire to make all their work available online.

Google posted this update on their Webmaster Central Blog on Wednesday 20th of May. They’ll also be rebranding the new Search Console over the coming weeks. Make sure to bookmark it for future developments on all things Google!

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SURE Thing: Start-up Refunds for Entrepreneurs

SURE Tax relief for start-ups

SURE: Tax relief for start-ups

Are you thinking of starting a new company? Then you could be due a tax refund under SURE: Start-up Refunds for Entrepreneurs.

SURE is a tax refund scheme, and is a joint initiative of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Revenue.

If you’re starting your own business, you may be entitled to an income tax refund of up to 41% of the capital funding that you invest in your company under SURE. Depending on the size of your investment, you may be entitled to a refund of PAYE income tax that you previously paid over six years prior to the year in which you invest.

General conditions for SURE; you must:

  • Establish a new company and engage in qualifying trading activity(ies)
  • Invest money in the new company by way of purchasing new shares
  • Have had mainly PAYE income in the previous four years
    • This would include a person currently in PAYE-type employment, an unemployed person, a person recently made redundant or a retired person
  • Take up full-time employment in the new company either as a director or an employee

You can also estimate your potential SURE refund using their Online Calculator*. Make best use of the online calculator by following the information outlined below:

  1. Details of the likely investment amount
  2. Details of your income and PAYE tax paid
    • This information is on your P60 or P21. If you’re investing an amount greater than one year of income, you’ll need your P60 / P21 for more than one year

Revenue: Irish Tax & Customs has more information on SURE

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Language Lovers Nominations

Language Lovers Nominations

We’ve been nominated in the Top Language Lovers 2015 Awards

It’s time to vote for your favourite language lovers of 2015.

The guys at Lexiophiles, powered by have nominated our Twitter account under the category of Language Twitter account: tweeters who share content about languages. We’re thrilled to be nominated this year but we need your help to make it to the voting phase of the awards. (Language Lovers Nominations)

Nominate your Favourite Language Lover!

We’ll share the link when it’s time to vote (26th May to 14th June) for your Favourite Language Lover of 2015!

About Lexiophiles’ Top 100 Awards

The awards are brought to you by Lexiophiles with their yearly Top Language Lovers.

It was first established in 2008 to award the 100 best blogs for languages, but the competition has grown a lot and there are now five categories:

  • Language Learning Blogs
  • Language Professional Blogs
  • Language Facebook Pages
  • Language Twitter accounts
  • Language YouTube channels

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Irish Exports Hit Record High

Cargo being exported over sea irish exports

Irish exports increased 10% since last year, reports Enterprise Ireland

According to Enterprise Ireland, exports by Irish-owned companies increased by 10% since last year; a record high value of €18.6 billion. Goods to the UK valued at €6.8 billion while exports to the USA and Canada totalled €2.3 billion in worth: that’s up 16%.

All exports to Latin America saw the biggest gain: up 42%, with sales of €224 million. Ten years, the value of export sales was €8.5 billion from companies Enterprise Ireland supports. Today, the agency reported exports stand at 51% of sales and are targeting export sales of €22 billion by the end of next year.

The software sector accounts for the biggest percentage increase in these exports.

Julie Sinnamon, chief executive of Enterprise Ireland, said that growth was recorded across all sectors as well and in all international markets.

“These results are reflected in the record jobs performance by Enterprise Ireland clients in 2014 where the agency’s clients recorded the highest net job gains in the history of the agency and further validate Enterprise Ireland’s investment in indigenous industry,” stated Julie.

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Smart Business Show – STAR supports the National Export Campaign

RDS building

The RDS in Dublin where the Smart Business Show took place.

Last week saw STAR support the National Export Campaign by taking part in the SMART Business Show in the RDS. Our team where present showcasing our translation services for exporters into as many as 70 languages. At the show we introduced our new translation plugin for WordPress Websites.

Before the show started, there were a number of presentations by Brian Corish, the head of digital at Vodafone Ireland; Dara Murphy TD, Minister for European Affairs and Christy Burke, Lord Mayor of Dublin.

Dara Murphy TD

Dara Murphy TD giving the opening speech to kick off the Smart Business Show in association with Vodafone Ireland

Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke

Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke with Damian Scattergood of STAR Translation. And Minister for European Affairs & Data Protection, Dara Murphy TD (left)

For our professional sales team it was a busy two days of customer focused engagement and, of course, a little fun  as well.

Damian, Bryan & Eoin at the company's stand for the event

From the left: Damian, Bryan & Eoin at the company’s stand for the event at the RDS in Dublin

Smart Business Show Stands

An early morning start for us and many others at the Smart Business Show, The RDS, Dublin

Many thanks to Innov8 Office Interiors for the supply of coffee on that early morning start!

STAR Partner Profile: AboutFrance: The French Trade Solution

We met up with some of our partners and discuss how we can help exporters together. If you’re developing your business in France you could benefit from our partner About France. Charlotte Jehanno, owner of About France, advices companies in Ireland looking to expand their horizons and stretch their legs in France. We have been actively engaged with About France as a business partner for many years now.

About France provides hands on business solutions in:

  • Researching commercial partners
  • Sales outsourcing
  • Exhibiting at trade fairs
  • Managing events & clients’ visits
  • Translating websites & legal material
  • Communicating with the media

Considering exporting / importing to or from France? Call About France on +353 (0)1 442 9093

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Google Mobile-friendly Sites Rank Higher. Is your site ready?

Mobile-friendly sites ranked higher by Google

Mobile-friendly sites ranked higher by Google from 21st of April 2015

If you’re website is not mobile friendly, its web ranking will drop when Google’s new algorithm is implemented.

From the 21st of April, Google’s mobile-friendly test becomes a ranking factor in their mobile search engine.

Have you ever noticed the grey Mobile-friendly text beside the description of a website on a mobile device? Well that basically tells the user that the site is responsive: suitable for mobile use.

All mobile-friendly sites will rank higher in Google’s search engine for mobiles if they conform… Test your website using Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test. If you get the green light then you’re OK.

If your site isn’t responsive or mobile-friendly (they’re pretty much the same thing), then talk to us today to have it designed for all devices. We not only translate websites and digital marketing material, but design websites for use on desktop, tablet and smart phone devices.

Stay ahead of the game with a clear, easy-to-navigate mobile-friendly website.

Talk to our team at the Smart Business Show this week…


We’ll be attending the Smart Business Show at the RDS from the 22nd to the 23rd of April. We’ll be at STAND C6 over the two day period. If you’re attending, ask us about designing a mobile-friendly site for your business and translating it into any language as well.

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Smart Business Show – Calling all Exporters

Smart Business Show

Smart Business Show: RDS, Dublin, 22nd to 23rd of April 2015

If your exporting or simply thinking about it – this is a great opportunity to learn from the experts in the industry.

The Team at STAR Translation are attending the SMART Business Show and our knowledgeable sales team will be on hand to give advice on best translation practice and how to make the most of your translation projects. We translate into over 70 languages – so can help you reach out to new markets around the world.

Come visit us at the world-class event of the year, the Smart Business Show, as it comes to the RDS in Dublin from the 22nd to the 23rd of April.

We’ll be at STAND C6, exhibiting over the busy two day show. Come and say hello!

The event boasts a great lineup of keynote speakers, talkzones delivered by industry experts presenting insightful advice in the areas of

  • Cloud technology
  • Online security
  • e-Commerce
  • Digital marketing
  • Social media
  • SEO & PPC
  • Intellectual property

Visitors can engage with potential customers and suppliers, network and become inspired by world-class business leaders.

Smart Business Show is about engaging, discovering and being inspired. It’s about doing business.

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Do you trust explicitly or implicitly?

Do you trust explicitly or implicitly?

Do you trust explicitly or implicitly?

It may be something you write in a letter or email to a dear friend, a confidant or a colleague at work, but some of us get a little confused.

We either write trust explicitly or trust implicitly. So what’s causing this confusion? Aren’t they both the same words!

Short answer is no, they’re not the same nor are they interchangeable.

The adverb, explicitly means, to be clear about something, leaving no room for question or doubt; to be clear in a detailed manner. While implicitly, another adverb, means to state something in a way that is not directly expressed. In other words, it is without question; it’s implied. If you can substitute absolutely for implicitly then you’re on the right track.

Therefore, if you say that you trust her explicitly then you trust her without a doubt. It’s a final decision!

It’s common to say trust implicitly, as your trust is so strong that it goes without saying. There’s no need to be explicit about trust. You’re not trying to avoid any confusion by stating it directly.

We found this short and easy to understand comparison between the two

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The Meaning of Easter

Meaning of Easter


For all of us nowadays, Easter is about chocolate eggs, feasting with family and friends and relaxing over a long weekend. But the meaning of Easter and its word origins are over a millenium old.

It all started back in the 7th century AD with an English monk named Bede. He was quoted in his scriptures noting Ēosturmōnaþ, Old English for Month of Ēostre. That, translated in Bede’s time as Paschal month and was also an English month.

Easter, Ēostre & Ēastrun

In modern English, the term Easter, a cognate with modern German Ostern, developed from an Old English word that appears in the form Ēastrun, -on, or -an; but also as Ēastru, -o; and Ēastre or Ēostre. This month corresponds with April for which Bede was referred to it as “was once called after a goddess of theirs named Ēostre, in whose honour feasts were celebrated in that month”.

“The Sunday following the full Moon which falls on or after the equinox will give the lawful Easter.” — Bede


Originally, the word denoted the Jewish festival of Passover, commemorating the story of the Exodus. In the 50s of the 1st century (150 – 160 AD), Paul, writing from Ephesus to the Christians in Corinth, applied the term to Christ, and it is unlikely that the Ephesian and Corinthian Christians were the first to hear Exodus 12 interpreted as speaking about the death of Jesus, not just about the Jewish Passover ritual! That’s were modern Christianity talks about the resurrection of Christ. And hence the fasting leading up until Easter time.

In most of the non-English speaking world, this feast is known by names derived from the Greek and Latin word, Πάσχα and Pashca, respectively. Pascha is derived from Aramaic: פסחא, A cognate to the Hebrew word, פֶּסַח (Pesach).

Now, where’s that chocolate egg of mine? It’s time to feast!

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