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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #129188: Emphatic "do/did"
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    Emphatic "do/did"


    Speaking, is communicating in order to deliver a message, explain a theory; it may be
    asking for a favour, or defending a cause...

     

     

    Speaking is informing, but very often convincing, or, at least, trying to do it...

    In order to reach that goal, like an actor, we have our body language, our funny faces,
    our silences, and our intonations...

    Word stress, emphasis or correct accentuation are easy ways to reach that goal
    and sometimes, grammar can help!

     

     

     

    DO/ DOES and DID expressing emphasis:

    Auxiliaries "DO/ DOES/ DID"  are used in the present and the preterite in 

    interrogative and negative forms. Yet, there are cases when these  

    auxiliaries are also used in the affirmative form, with a different meaning. 

     

    a) DO/ DOES/ DID indicate a confirmation: 

    DO/ DOES (in the present) and DID (in the past) correct and emphasize what has just 

    been said. 

    - It's important to drive carefully, and he always does.


    The use of DOES avoids repeating the same verb in the same sentence. 

     

     

     

    - Don't speak to him before I do.

    Following tense agreement: (with the past, use a conditional)

    - He told me he would stop and he did stop. 

     

     

     

    The second verb may not be mentioned, it may remain implicit. 

    He told me he would stop and he did. 

     

    b) DO/ DOES/ DID: implying a contradiction: 

    - "You didn't pay the bill." "Yes, I did pay!"

     

     

    c) DO can express persuasion in the imperative form. 

    - "Do try!" 


    Other repetitions with other auxiliaries:

    Any auxiliary may be used to repeat elements expressed in the sentence.

    The verb may be kept implicit.

    - Your parents love you and they always will (love you).

      VERY IMPORTANT!   AN EMPHATIC AUXILIARY IS ALWAYS STRESSED.

    In conversation, it bears the stress, and in writing, it's in italics or underlined.

    It cannot be contracted. 

     

    It's not that difficult, is it? Have a try on the test! Thanks for working with me!

     



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    A) 'Lizzie told me she would call before the end of the day, and she .'

    B)'I never have a cooked breakfast… but I know you . You'll have eggs and bacon. '

    C) 'Tricia went to the same school as your brother, but she left a year before he .'

    D)' stop talking! I can’t hear what your mum is saying!'

    E)'You did that because you don’t like him!' 'Nonsense! I like him, even though he can be so annoying at times…'

    F) 'I like this music, but I’m simply not in the mood… that’s all!'

    G) 'I’m not very fond of the piano. I like Chopin though…'

    H) 'I must say your garden look beautiful now that you’ve added a pond and a waterfall!'

    I) 'Of course, I want to help, but I really don’t know what would be useful to you…'

    J) 'Mike doesn’t have a car and go to work by bus every day. On Thursday, the bus drivers were on strike and Mike come to work with me, in my car.'










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