I have observed many sentences like

Do watch my all episodes

where do is used just before a verb. Is it correct to use do that way? In what types of sentences we can use this?

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    This type of "do" is used for emphasis. It intensifies the ordinary verb. Where "Watch all my episodes" might not seem to be enough, "Do watch all my episodes" makes a special plea concerning the exact same thing. It's more often heard in BrE than AmE, by the way. Which only means that in in AmE it is even more emphatic. – Robusto Sep 9 '15 at 11:20
  • @Robusto, can we use Do after Please? As : Please do watch all my episodes ? It would be better if you answer this question along with some examples. – Nitinkumar Ambekar Sep 9 '15 at 11:29
  • Sure. That's fine. – Robusto Sep 9 '15 at 11:30
  • @Robusto: Curiously though, if I had agreed with OP's request for you to supply a formal Answer, I could reasonably have posted the comment Please do. But just Do on its own would be "unidiomatic", to say the least. – FumbleFingers Sep 9 '15 at 12:31
  • @FumbleFingers: I don't know, I can imagine cases where it might be used naked like that. Q: "Shall I try to avoid bothering you in the future with such small matters?" A: "Do." – Robusto Sep 9 '15 at 12:35

It is correct to use "Do" in this fashion as an imperative. On its own, though, it tends to feel stiff. Where you will tend to encounter this is in a list of imperatives and it will be written this way to remain somewhat consistent.

  • Do not watch Show X.
  • Do not watch Show Y.
  • Do not watch Movie A.
  • Do not watch Movie B.
  • Do watch Documentary E.
  • Do watch Documentary F.
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  • Why did you write show, movie and documentary with a capital letter? I don't see any difference between the first two examples except Y is a different letter from X. – Mari-Lou A Sep 10 '15 at 21:50
  • The Monopoly game has the perfect example: Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200. – Mari-Lou A Sep 10 '15 at 22:11
  • @PaulRowe, actually I want to know where not to use Do before a main verb. @Robusto has already given nice comment on what does Do mean in such sentences. – Nitinkumar Ambekar Sep 11 '15 at 9:57

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