Using do and does for emphasis

Posted by Manjusha

Do and does are used to form questions and negatives in the simple present tense. Does is used with singular nouns and third person singular pronouns (he, she, it). Do is used with plural nouns and plural pronouns (they, we and you). The pronoun I is an exception to this rule. Though it is a singular in number, it is used with do.

As you can see, do and does are also used in short answers.

Do / does: emphatic use

As you can see, do and does are used to make questions and negatives. They are not normally used in affirmative sentences. However, we can use them for emotive emphasis when we feel strongly about something.

When we use do and does for emphasis, we give them extra stress in pronunciation.

Did is mainly used for making questions and negative sentences in the simple past tense. It is also used in short answers.

In affirmative sentences in the simple past tense, we can use did for emotive or contrastive emphasis.

Forming questions using intonation

We sometimes form questions by using a rising intonation at the end of the sentence. In this case, we use the normal word order. Do and does are not used in these questions.

See also

Common errors with verbs # 1
Common errors with verbs # 2
Common errors with verbs # 3
Common errors with verbs # 4
Common mistakes with pronouns - Part 2
Common errors with adjectives - part 1
Common errors with adjectives - part 2