Is it grammatically correct to use the word "do" twice in a row? Examples: We do do what you are talking about. instead of... We do what you are talking about.


Our process does do what you are talking about. instead of... Our process does what you are talking about.

Is the meaning any different?


The use of do with another verb is for emphasis. It doesn't matter what the other verb is.

We do want to invite you. It's just we don't have the space...

We do love you. But this is for your own good.

We do clean our car. But we drive through mud every day too.

There's no reason that do can't be the verb which is emphasised.

We do that → We do do that.

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    This sort of emphasis is often used to counter a claim of inability, e.g. "It's too bad your process doesn't handle frobulation." "Oh, our process does do that." – Hellion Sep 29 '17 at 19:45
  • Yes: perhaps my examples don't show that clearly, although they do show a similar rebuttal. – Andrew Leach Sep 29 '17 at 20:48
  • This sounds better than it looks. Putting the supporting do in italics both indicates the stress and improves the appearance. – Edwin Ashworth Sep 29 '17 at 23:14
  • @EdwinAshworth Actually the verb after do can be stressed too. "We do clean our car. We don't vacuum the inside." It depends what the contrast/counter is. In fact in my first example either do or want could be stressed. – Andrew Leach Sep 29 '17 at 23:17
  • It wouldn't be normal with do do. – Edwin Ashworth Sep 29 '17 at 23:19

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