I am writing to a girl who lives close to California, I asked her whether she has a big family there and she responded:

Yes I do have a lot of family here with me. Uncles and aunts yes and some live in Chicago.

Is "I do have" correct English? I mean, isn't correct to say "I have" ?


Both variants are correct. The first variant is called emphatic "do". In this case "do" will be stressed in oral speech. In your case this emphasis is probably intended to affirm your guess that the girl had a big family here.

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