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I always get confused about:

  • Is it true?
  • Does it true?

Where and when should I use one or the other? In other words, when should I pose a question using is and when should I pose it using does?

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sємsєм, is "does it true?" the way to say it in your language? –  Tristan Jun 13 '13 at 16:26
@Tristan In my native language Arabic verb to do means, mainly, to make something. The typical example: to do homework. Also in my native language asking, or talking about, for being something we use undeclared verb to be. In other words, in Arabic there is no asking without a tool of ask, like what, how, where, etc. However, one may, rarely, ask without tools but it will be depend on the style of speaking. –  sємsєм Jun 13 '13 at 21:10
I hope that in questions closed because it is too basic and in the close message you regard a link to one, or more, of the standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information. Thanks! –  sємsєм Jul 1 '13 at 5:17
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closed as general reference by FumbleFingers, Hellion, MετάEd, cornbread ninja 麵包忍者, Matt Эллен Jun 14 '13 at 8:15

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You'll use "Does it x" when "x" is a verb (action word). Use "is" otherwise.

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...which is to say the one should never say 'Does it true?'. –  Mitch Jun 5 '13 at 0:26
Would the downvoter care to comment as to why it was downvoted? –  TecBrat Jun 5 '13 at 12:35
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"Is it true?" is an appropriate rejoinder to the statement "His testimony is very convincing!" An appropriate response would be, "[But] is it true?"

"Does it true" is not ever used in English. The following sentence, is, however:

"Does his testimony ring true?"

In other words, does the person's testimony sound true. The word "ring" suggests a bell that rings clearly and distinctly; it rings true. Truth can ring true. By the same token, however, it can also ring untrue or false. ("To ring false" is not a saying in American English, by the way.)

Some people are better liars than others, so one needs to be careful when trying to "read" people.

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"Does it true ..." is just an incorrect use of the phrase "Is it true ..." and seems to be popular in slang/ teen lingo.

Does it true is wrong, ungrammatical in formal writing and does not mean 'is it true'.


  • I heard that the [separated] memory space will be put into the coming Java SE 8, does it true?

  • My dictionary says me that "throw off the scent/track" has an identical meaning. So, does it true or the answer with the "scene" is not correct?

  • … does it true that validome (xhtml) is more strict (up to date) than w3c x/html validation?

[From various online sources]

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