I was trying to understand the difference between saying "I'm making a mistake" instead of "I'm doing a mistake", or "I make mistakes" instead of "I do mistakes" etc... I'm aware of the difference between "to do" and "to make" in terms of verb meaning or the fact that the verb "do" is an auxiliary for formulating questions etc.
I'm trying however to understand how does a listener interpret differently the two sentences (just an instance of application):
- "I made a grammar mistake!"
- "I did a grammar mistake!"
I don't actually see any grammar mistakes there, both sentences look to me perfectly correct, so the only difference between the two of them is probably how the listener (who I'm assuming the first language is English) interprets them. I've been studying English for a while now and I do know a normal speaker would probably say 1. instead of 2. My mind would suggest me that 2. is just not natural to say for a speaker, but a moment of reflection actually tells me that the two of them are grammatically correct.
Then… why is 1. correct rather than 2? It's also possible that I'm not considering some grammar issues.…