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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“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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Difference between two Why…? questions [duplicate]

What is the difference between these two questions: Why Sweden makes the best music? Why does Sweden make the best music? I suppose there is no difference and one of these is just ...
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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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The use of the word “do” in a sentence

Can someone please explain to me the role and function of the word do in this sentence? But advertisements do not only give information, they also try to influence our emotions.
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“it didn't sent the messages”?

Which one is correct? it didn't sent the messages OR: it didn't send the messages
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Belong and Own as transitive or intransitive verb

I learned that Belong and Own are Intransitive verbs, hence they cannot be used in passive voice. If we use these sentences with is/was they become passive. But can we use this construction to tell ...
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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 ...
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What does “it's really only done at major universities” mean?

What does the verb 'do' mean in this sentence? I select it in bold. The brain is an amazing and complex organ. And while many people are fascinated by the brain, they can't really tell you that ...
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Didn't existed or hadn't existed?

I come across this in todays New Yorker: Birkenstocks, like an iPad, or an eight-dollar bottle of cold-pressed juice, are the covetable answer to a need that hadn’t existed before they came along. ...
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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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Who knocks at the door? Who does knock at the door? [duplicate]

Who knocks at the door? Who does knock at the door? I am confused here. Usually, first sentence is acceptable. But I did not read about the 2nd one. Is it correct? Is it an emphatic sentence of ...
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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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“had X a…” vs “was X having a…”

What's the difference between the two? Example: The classrooms had only students. Had the school a shortage of teachers? The classrooms had only students. Was the school having a shortage of ...
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Do “I can't remember” and “I don't remember” mean the same thing?

I don't remember and I can't remember Do these mean the same? I translated it to my mother tongue using Google translate and the translation is the same, but I have a feeling that it's not ...
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Is the phrase 'do not take leave' the right way to convey the meaning?

Can I use 'do not take leave' here? Mithilesh and me do not take leave this month. Any help is appreciated.
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“U saw Jurassic Park movie in Hindi or English” [closed]

Is this correct? U saw jurassic Park movie in Hindi or English
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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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Is your English getting better? or Does your English get better? [closed]

In a book, there's a question: Is your English getting better? And not Does your English get better? And Where does you mum and dad live. Where do your mum and dad live. They both sound ...
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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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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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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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how do I ask vs how to ask [duplicate]

what is the difference between how do I ask and how to ask I am an Indian. Basically asking question we have to use "do, does and did". Please explain does How to ask make a question?
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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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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 ...
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What type of predicate is it?

I don’t want to go on knowing you. We have here a modal element (want),a phasal part (go on) and a gerund (knowing),so probably it is the modal aspective predicate, or I'm much mistaken? ...
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How can I use do auxiliary verb in indirection question sentence?

Can we use do-auxillity verb in indirection question sentence.  For example, Is this right? Why is the sky blue?-> Why the sky do blue? Or Why the water do exchange to air on 100 degree?
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asking Question by “ How”

which one is correct? How similes have been translated by different translators in this Text? or How do similes have been translated by different translators in this text?
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hadn't money or didn't have money in 2nd type hypotheses

He wouldn't be so popular if he hadn't so much money. or He wouldn't be so popular if he didn't have so much money.
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Can “have” in perfect tenses be used to make questions?

A: I have a bus. B:Have you a bus? Here have is used to make a question by bring have in the beginning of a sentence. My question is can we behave the same toward have in perfect tenses? For ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“Does” question versus “is” question

Could you explain to me which is correct (or if they are both correct)? What are the differences in meaning between these sentences? Is this version supposed to be fixed by us? Does this version ...
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Why should I use will not, instead of do not?

I just want to ask which one is correct. Re-ordered playlist contents do not display in the correct order. Re-ordered playlist contents will not display the correct order. I have a colleague who is ...
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How could I explain these simple mistakes to my students?

How can I explain these simple mistakes to young learners? I no speak English. (instead of don’t) You be my teacher? How long are you knowing my friend? I have twenty years.
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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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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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“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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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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How is it correct? like vs do like

Did you play tennis? - Yes, I played. Did you play tennis? - Yes, I did. Which one is correct? Both seem fine to me. But answer is saying that second one is correct.
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Please do call me vs. Please call me

Which one is correct? Which of the following statements is grammatically correct, and why? Please! Do call me. Please! Call me. And, If someone asks you: "Will you call me?" What should I say? Which ...
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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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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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“What do you think about?” or “What you think about?”

Which of the following is correct? "What do you think about?" "What you think about?"
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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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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"?...