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Dear Ted:

Is it "to DO a deal" or "to MAKE a deal"?

If both are possible, do they mean the same thing?

If not, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

Thank you.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

  

Is it "to DO a deal" or "to MAKE a deal"?

If both are possible, do they mean the same thing?

*** Although both expressions mean the same thing, the common usage is "to MAKE a deal."

"Let's Make a Deal" is the name of a popular American game show.

The two men MADE a deal and shook hands to confirm their agreement.

MAKING a deal is a typical activity for politicians.

The business tycoon was known as a "DEAL MAKER."

Ted  

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