Questions tagged [do-support]

Questions and negations with main verbs other than BE require use of an auxiliary finite verb. If the finite verb is not an auxiliary or BE, it is replaced by the appropriate form of DO + its infinitive; this is called DO-support.

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Do I have to use “do” in any “wh-” question?

What did you say? What you said? What did you wear? What you wore? Where did you go? Where you go? I know that sometimes in English, people do not use “do” in “wh-” questions. I have heard ...
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Should I say “what does it means” or “what does it mean”?

Sometimes, especially on this forum, I am wondering wether I should say "what does it mean" or "what does it means" ? And should I say "it means that..." or "it mean that..." ?
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did + present tense (or ) Past tense of the verb [duplicate]

What did you say? What you said. How did you and mum guess I wanted Agnes? how you and Mum guessed I wanted Agnes What is the meaning of above two sentences? When should I use "did + ...
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Use “does” in front of another verb in a question?

What time does sound good to you? What time sounds good to you? Is there a difference?
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When is auxiliary “do” used in positive declarative sentences?

Examples: "I did go home" instead of "I went home". "We did make some tea" instead of "We made some tea". "I do listen to future garage music" instead of "I listen to future garage music". Is it ...
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She don't know that she's a lucky girl [duplicate]

Here's from an old song (1963) "She's A Fool" by Lesley Gore. She don't know that she's a lucky girl Here's another example, "Silence is Golden" (1964) by The Tremeloes [YouTube link] Oh, ...
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When to use “is” vs. “does” when asking a question?

When do I use is or does when I ask a question? For example, Is your item still for sale? Does your item still for sale? I am not sure which one to use.
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I didn't ('go' or 'went') to party?

I didn't go to party. I didn't went to party.
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On June 18th, I did experience my first earthquake

Is it grammatically correct to use "did" like this? On June 18th, I did experience my first earthquake in Japan. I'm an ALT in Japan and on our exam for our students they had to write the ...
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Isn't the word “experience” wrongly used in this context?

Friend: Have you ever flirted with a female cop? Me: Nope. Friend: I have done that experience. I think experience is the wrong word here. What else should he have said?
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“I'm not afraid” vs “I don't afraid”

Sometimes I hear people say 'I don't afraid...' For example: 'I don't afraid to be alone' Or 'I don't afraid of the darkness'. But is it right? I've always thought that we can only say: 'I'm not ...
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Question format using did

Is there any meaning difference in below questions? a) Which movie you saw yesterday? b) Which movie did you see yesterday?
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May I omit “do” in a dependent clause?

In a sentence like this: Many people realize that they didn't do any wrongdoings, so they cannot understand why they have to be punished. or Many ..., so they cannot understand why do they ...
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When to use “am not” and “do not” in a sentence

"I don't know what I'd do without you" "I'm not know what I'd do without you" Are these sentences correct? What are the rules to use "not" in a sentence? To what is not pointing in the above ...
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Does she do her homework?

She does her homework. Does she do her homework? Why the questioning sentence is using "do"?
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“X won't Y” (able/willing) vs. “X doesn't Y”

In the preschooler series "Peppa Pig" I met the following two sentences: George runs as fast as he can but the kite won't fly. Peppa runs as fast as she can but the kite still won't fly. I ...
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What is the difference beetween “You decided” and “You did decide”

I know that "You decided" is simple past, but I've never ever seen this kind of construction until I listened it in a song (You did decide): Pronoun + Simple Past(Past assistant did) + simple ...
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Which to use “do” or “does” to emphasize with third person singular?

For example, I can say "I do like apples". May I similarly say A kitten do like to play with a clew or should I use does instead. Also, in sentences like Only then do/does it really matter, ...
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Wanted to not make / Wanted not to make / Didn't want to make

Which one would you choose in conversation? And I'd like to know the subtle difference. I would really appreciate it if you could help me. I wanted to not make a mistake. I wanted not to ...