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I am from Singapore. I have heard many Singaporeans use imperative sentences with emphatic 'do' when they make requests or ask for something to be done a certain way. For example, they would say something like:

-Do get back to me once you have seen my email.

-Do take a seat and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

So do these sentences make sense? I have never seen other English speakers do this.

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  • It's a bit effusive but quite commonplace. Do let us know if you can make the party.
    – KarlG
    Feb 28 '18 at 7:28
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There is nothing unusual in prefixing an invitation to do something with 'Do...' (at least to me as a British English speaker). It makes the tone seem warmer and more sincere.

Do sit down = I want you to be comfortable.

Do get back to me = Don't feel shy about pursuing the matter.

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  • Agree. I've always taken such sentences as having a silent 'please' in front of it. Feb 28 '18 at 10:30
  • That makes sense. Because Singaporean English is based on British English. Thank you!
    – user284073
    Mar 2 '18 at 13:25
  • It can also be used for emphasis to make it stronger, not weaker. "Do get back to me" = "Make sure you get back to me".
    – CJ Dennis
    Jan 29 '19 at 9:57
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Usually people avoid the usage of DO before sentences, though it is gramatticaly correct. It is no harm by using DO in your conversation. I have given few examples below with and without DO in it.

Do you want to leave? / You want to Leave?
Please do take rest. / Please take rest.

Some sentences can not avoid using DO most of the times, such as the one below:

Do you know me?

Hope this helps!

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    "Do you want to leave?" is standard English usage, just the same as "Do you know me?". "You want to leave?" sounds very informal. Feb 28 '18 at 10:19
  • yup, but makes sense though it is informal. isn't it?
    – NinjaSword
    Mar 2 '18 at 3:48
  • It makes sense, but sounds very abrupt unless you are speaking to someone you know very well. Mar 2 '18 at 12:30

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