Differences between ทำ and ทำให้ (tam and tamhai)

by | Apr 13, 2020 | Vocabulary

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Let’s discover some differences between the word ทำ and ทำให้ (tam and tamhai)

ทำ (tam) to do

we use ‘tam‘ to simply mean to do. Though it can be combined with other words to create another verb such as ทำ + อาหาร (do + food) = to cook or ทำ + งาน (do + work) = to work

Examples:

  • I cook Thai food
    ฉันทำอาหารไทย
    chăn tam aa-hăan tai

  • I do homework
    ฉันทำการบ้าน
    chăn tam gaan bâan

  • I work
    ฉันทำงาน
    chăn tam ngaan

ทำให้ to make (not as in to build)

When one thing makes another thing a certain way, you will use the word ทำให้ (tamhai).

Examples:

  • Homework makes me tired.
    การบ้านทำให้ฉันเหนื่อย
    gaan bâan tam hâi chăn nèuay

  • I make my younger sibling cry.
    ฉันทำให้น้องร้องให้
    chăn tam hâi nóng róng hâi

  • You make me happy
    คุณทำให้ฉันมีความสุข
    kun tam hâi chăn mee kwaam sùk


The difference between ทำ and ทำให้ (tam and tamhai) is an issue I noticed a lot of new students mix up. I hope my article helped you understand the difference.

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