Looking at the sky, the clouds, the moon and the stars really does make me feel clam and hopeful.

So, in this sentence how does the word "does" work? There's a problem without that word?

  • It is the 'emphatic do'. See this . You could leave it out and say really makes me feel - I assume you mean calm and not clam! – Kate Bunting Nov 14 '20 at 16:50
  • I appreciate for your answer and for correction my mistake. – Jun Bob Nov 15 '20 at 9:09

"Does make" means exactly the same as "makes", it just adds some additional emphasis and carries the idea that you are pleased or even pleasantly surprised.

It is apparently known as the "emphatic do" and a common way to add emphasis and/or surprise, for example:

  • That cake looks delicious.
  • That cake does look delicious!

As another example, there was a popular British music hall song from the early 1900s entitled I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside. The song is very 'theatrical' as was common with the style, and a great example of how "I do like" is far more emphatic than "I like".

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