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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What's the difference between “you do have to” and “you have to”

Can we use them interchangeably or there are situations where only one of them is correct?
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Why did they say “You already have”?

I was watching Banshee and I couldn't understand why some guy used this phrase: A: I’m going to kill you. B: You already have. Why B didn't say "You already done" or "You already did&...
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Grammar: How many does it costs?

How many does it costs? or how many does it cost? Are they both correct? Thanks
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“Looking at the sky, the clouds, the moon and the stars really does make me feel calm and hopeful.”

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?
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Why is “did be” grammatically incorrect?

What’s wrong with this sentence? Where did you be yesterday? These sorts of sentences have been bothering me for some time. Can someone explain to me why I cannot say sentences like one in the ...
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Emphatic “do” used with “have/has been”

Some examples of use of emphatic "do": "Now, I don't speak Chinese, but I do speak a little Polish, a little Korean, and a few words in half a dozen other languages. This comes from my ...
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“When did you bought/buy the sim card?” [closed]

Which one is correct and why When did you bought the sim card? Or When did you buy the sim card?
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Usage of the word “don't” + “Substitute”

"It's important to support business, but meal deal vouchers don't substitute for effective public health messaging and measures" The above excerpt is from a political advert and was ...
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Who baked vs Who did bake - usage rule [duplicate]

Why we can ask the question "Who baked the cake?" when we should use did link verb?
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What do we call these kind of structures?

I don't have Instagram installed on my phone. Does it mean the same as I haven't installed Instagram on my phone.
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Why “which train goes to” not which train does go to

One day, I was teaching this kid English. We were talking about using "which" in different sentences. Then It came to using which with Inanimate objects and while we were discussing about it, he ...
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What he does vs What does he do? [closed]

What's the difference between them? and when do we use "What he does" and "What does he do"?
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Can you omit do when the topic has been raised in a previous sentence?

For example in the following sentence it seems like do could be omitted: "Is it OK if we don't talk today? Or do you need to chat about something?" So that this would seem appropriate, maybe: "Is ...
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Difference between not and don't in the next sentence [closed]

“In the period we not enter, Romanticism, the Account became the preeminent formula for literary production.” In the sentence above, does the ‘not’ make sense? Should I use ‘don’t’ instead?
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Do watch the episode Vs. Watch the episode

I want to know the difference between these two sentences,, when should I use? Do watch the episode Watch the episode
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Why can't you say don't instead of won't?

Our textbook says, A: "I have to go shopping this afternoon." B: "Don't forget the bread." A: "No, I won't." About the last sentence, why can't you say "No, I don't."? i.e. Why is "No, I don'...
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“Is [S] taking advantage” or “Does [S] taking advantage…”? –Which one is correct?

Which one is correct? Does your business partner taking advantage of you? or Is your business partner taking advantage of you? For me they seemed correct but I'm not familiar with the English rules ...
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Writing the right tag question

I want to write a tag question at the end of this sentence: That white house over there used to belong to your family, ..............? I think the only right choice is "didn't it" but I'm not sure....
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Is the Do insertion missing in this headline?

What Democrats really think about presidential tax returns or What do Democrats really think about presidential tax returns
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What's the difference between “Try not to blink” and “Try to do not blink”

I recently heard: Try not to blink. However I knew the following form: Try to do not blink. Is one of them wrong? What is the difference ?
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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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Equivalents to the present tense

Do this to avoid having to do the dishes. Do this to not do the dishes. I am not sure what tense the first sentence is, I feel it's in the simple present too, but I am not sure. Is there a ...
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Can you emphasize the present subjunctive with “do”?

The present subjunctive is seen in this example taken from the NYT: The country demanded that Boeing pay a $1 billion penalty for the manufacturing delays in India’s 27-plane order. The verb 'pay'...
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How does the auxiliary verb work in “What's the main thing a paramedic does have to do?”

What's the main thing a paramedic does have to do? What's the main thing a paramedic has to do? How can we use the auxiliary verbs after such sentences like that?
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In a negative-intergative sentence, whether NOT before subject or after subject?

I'm a boy. I'm happy. I'm eating rice. I eat rice. I have eaten rice. I'm here. I'm in Canada. What would be negative questions for all above? I'm confused sometimes "NOT" sits before subject like ...
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“How much it cost?” or “How much does it cost?”

I want your help please. I know that correct question is "How much does it cost?" but I saw many questions like this with different structure like this "How much it cost?" So, which of these two is ...
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It isn’t raining - I wish it would rain. Why not “I wish it was raining”?

I thought I understood the wish clauses but I have just found this example: Situation: It isn’t raining. Your wish: I wish it would rain. Isn't this the situation where I should use the ...
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Why can't I say 'I almost don't sleep?

Why can't I say 'I almost don't sleep? Is there any rule about it?
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Making 4 types of question [closed]

What the right way to make 4 types of question with "has" in the sentence? My take on this, though it's really wrong I'm pretty sure: She has to get up early. Has she to get up early? Has she to ...
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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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meaning of DO in this sentence?

What is the meaning of does in this sentence? Whose exhibition does “Stars At Dusk” painting belong to? Thank you very much
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What means “Do I ever get to be upset?~” [closed]

What means “Do I ever get to be upset? Do I ever get to be anyone but me?” I have no idea how to use these ‘Do I ever~’ thing...
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Inversion in affirmative sentences

The Guardian has recently published an interview with Kurt Volker, who stated that: “We can have a conversation with Ukraine like we would with any other country about what do they need.” Source ...
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Question about WH questions

Here are some interrogative statements which are right/wrong (both in American and British English). Right- What took you so long? Who killed my friend? What disease took away my ...
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What does a cow give us?

"What does a cow give us?" I am just wondering if 'COW' is singular, shouldn't the sentence be What does a cow GIVES us?
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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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when do I use “do / does + base verb ” & “base verb + s ,es , ies” for instance , ( does use) & (uses)?

I am always confused when it comes to this type of sentence: She does use her car rarely. She uses her car rarely. So, what is the difference?
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“How many language do you speak?” OR “How many language you speak?”

How many language do you speak? OR How many language you speak? Which one is correct? What is the difference? I have found another example: How much food are you going to take with ...
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Do questions with “which” need auxiliary verbs to make a question?

Which is correct: Which websites do report unbiased news about Iran? or Which websites report unbiased news about Iran?
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What is the function of “do” in this sentence?

Rarely, though, do countries introduce a single reform alone. What function does do have in this sentence?
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Do not or does not?

Which sentence is correct when comparing things. For example: "Display do not have black spot" "Display does not have spot" another example: "Theorem do not have a proof" "...
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How is “do” used with other verbs?

Which one is correct or are both correct? Please explain if there's any explanation. Let's kiss Let's do kiss
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Which is correct - “doesn't made you happy” or “won't made you happy”?

Which of the following is correct? If it doesn't made you happy in the end, is it worth it? If it won't made you happy in the end, is it worth it? Is there different meaning? What I'm ...
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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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Why do you use the auxiliary verb in this sentence?

What kind of music does Jane like listening to? Why do you use the auxiliary verb in this sentence? Why is the preposition at the end of the sentence?
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Usage of “doesn't” in future sentence?

My friend is going to board into the train. To give a sarcastic sent off… shall I say, "Make sure your train doesn't derail" Is "doesn't" appropriate here?
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I wish or I do wish

I don’t understand, what is the difference in meaning between: I wish I do wish ? Does the use of “do” make the wish stronger?
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“I did edit my question” or “I edited my question”?

If I wrote a question and someone said please edit your question, then I did it and wanted to notice him in comment, which one of these sentences is true for that: I did edit my question I edited my ...
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Why do you say 'He has it' but 'Does he have it'? [duplicate]

I tried looking up the difference between has and have and it generally has to do with plurals, but that doesn't seem to be changing in this case. Why do you use have in one case and has in another?
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I made a marketing research - VS - I did a marketing research

Make VS do I made a marketing research - VS - I did a marketing research Marketing Research= a written business report most of the time printed and delivered to people in business meetings Do you ...