Is that correct or I should say "I bought a car yesterday"? I mean, can I use

'do' as an auxiliary verb before the main verb in positive sentences?

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Both are correct.

But they will be used in different scenarios.

  1. I did buy a car yesterday.

    • This is used when you want to emphasise the action you performed(you buying a car is the action here).

If someone asks you - Hey, Did you buy a car?

This statement should be your answer.

Yes. I did buy a car yesterday.

  1. I bought a car.

    • In the above sentence, you are just passing the information about the action you performed(may be to your friends or family).

If you are just making a statment of fact, then say

I bought a car yesterday.

You would use the do case when emphatically disagreeing with something someone else said to the contrary

P1: "You didn't do anything significant yesterday!" P2: "Well, I did buy a car, so that's something."

Verbal emphasis would be on the word "did."

  • I do think that it is quite common to use do/did emphatically.
    – Lambie
    Sep 28, 2018 at 18:23
  • Yeah, you are probably right. I'll edit.
    – farnsy
    Sep 28, 2018 at 18:35

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