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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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“How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb?”

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? (I found this sentence on a friend's wall on Facebook) How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb? or it should be How many ...
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“Do never…” vs. “Do not ever…”

I am just arguing with my friend if the phrase "do never something" is totally wrong compared to the phrase "do not ever something". And is "never" a contraction of "not ever"? Is it okay using "Do" ...
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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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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 told you DON´T go” vs. “I told you NOT TO go”

I told you don't go to see that movie because it was not good. I told you not to go to see that movie because it was not good. Can both be used? If the answer is yes, how do I know when to use "don'...
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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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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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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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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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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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Should I use “not” or “don't”?

Let's not make a big deal out of it. Let's don't make a big deal out of it. You are just trying to make us not practice. You are just trying to make us don't practice. Should I use "not" or "don't"?...
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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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I didn't ('go' or 'went') to party?

I didn't go to party. I didn't went to party.
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Using did +verb instead of the past form of the verb

I have a sentence: No sooner did we get to our car than the thunderstorm began. Is it okay to use did we get? It sounds very natural for me, but I am not sure whether or not such grammar ...
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Which one is correct : 'does it worth all the trouble ?' or 'is it worth all the trouble ?'

I am currently confused between the use of these two: Does it worth all the trouble? or Is it worth all the trouble? Can some one suggest which one is correct?
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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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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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Has not to or does not have to?

Are there any differences between "has not to be" and "does not have to be"? For example: if you check the list, the list has not to be empty. if you check the list, the list does not have to ...
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Does “do” fully inherit the grammar of the verb it refers to?

To avoid confusion with this question, here is an example We consider Nigeria a developing country as we do Angola. So, is that grammatical? Should I put a preposition? Can I instead say do it ...
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How to say it right: “Do you know where Liz lives?”

Should I say Do you know where Liz lives? or Do you know where does Liz live? Please explain.
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“What did he say?” or “What he said?”

1) 'What did he say?' 2) 'What he said?' I am much confused about these terms please anybody explain which one is correct and which I should use?
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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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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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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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Do you have a book? Have you a book?

Do you have a book? Have you a book? What's the difference between them? What kinds of verbs "do" and "have" are there?
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“Who pays” vs “who does pay”

Who pays for that? Who does pay for that? What is the difference between these two sentences? Are both grammatically correct?
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Who do you think is the richest man?

In some old Toefl test, there is a question like this: ______in this town? I think Mr. Kim is the richest man.  A. Who do you think is the richest man B. Who you think is the richest ...
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What's the exact meaning of “Did one but know” in “Sonnet” by Christina Rossetti?

What's the exact meaning of "Did one but know" at the end of "Sonnet" by Christina Rossetti? This is the full context: Sonnet by Christina Rosetti I wish I could remember that first day, First ...
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Which is correct in spoken language, “not exist” or “not exists”?

I know "something don't exist" and "something exists" are both correct, but when comes to spoken language, sometimes we say "not exist(s)" for short.. Example: A: "does something exists?" B: "not ...
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What does he say ? Why there is a “Does”?

"What does he say ?" My question seems not relevent to grammar, I am not sure, but I am in wonder. In the question "What does he say ?" the word "does" seems redundant to me, as the question is ...
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Where did you found it - should I use “did” in the question?

Where you found it. Where did you found it. In the question should I put "did"?
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Third person singular 's' in question formation

A co-worker of mine took an ELL test for her job and she had to compose a question. She wrote: "Does she plays?" I know that in a statement rather than a question, the third person singular ...
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May I use “wtf” with a non-question? — “wtf I just watched.”

I know that usually people write: "wtf did I just watch?" But is "wtf I just watched" a correct English sentence as "I just watched" is a correct English sentence and adding wtf should not make ...
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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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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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What makes you think so? Why without does?

I don't understand why in the sentence " what makes you think so" we don't use "do" like "what does make you think so?" It's present simple. It is a question. What do I miss here? I would be grateful ...
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“How Internet helps you?” vs “How does Internet help you?”

Which one of the following sentences is correct: "How Internet helps you?" "How does Internet help you?" Is it always mandatory to use "do" in how-questions?
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“Guys did anyone of you have found my pencil box today in our class?” [closed]

"Guys did anyone of you have found my pencil box today in our class?" Is that example grammatical?
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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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Shoud I use “did” or “does” in conjunction with “during this week”?

Which one is right? Did the student submit the paper during this week? Does the student submit the paper during this week? Please enlighten me.
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Auxiliary verb position in questions with “why”

Of these two options which one is correct? Why doesn't the website get loaded? or Why the website doesn't get loaded? Maybe the more natural one is: Why isn't the website loaded? but I'm ...
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Do I have to add a question mark to a statement?

When someone says "What would you like to discuss first?" Should the reply be; I would like to know how long does it take to process the request. Or I would like to know how long does it take ...
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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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Why is an auxiliary required in “who does Michelle see” but not in “who takes out the garbage”?

In the sentences: (1) Who takes out the garbage twice a week? (2) Who does Michelle see once a month? Why do we need the auxiliary verb "does" in No. (2) grammatically, instead of saying ...
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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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“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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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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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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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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What {do / does} this and that have in common?" — which?

Example: What does beer and wine have in common? or What do beer and wine have in common? I've seen them both being used, the first form being more frequent, but I think the second form sounds ...