He does have a sense of humour does Mr Marr.

Nigel Williams, 1992

Is this double use of do just doubly emphatic?

Secondly, why can't do be used similarly, for example with a plural proper noun?

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    You tagged "style-manuals," but this usage is colloquial. And sure, you could replicate with other subjects: "They do get about, do the widows Johnson." Analytically, I guess you could regard this construction as conflating multiple sentences or clauses for emphasis, as if an expanded form would be "Mr Marr has a sense of humor, yes he does." Oct 12, 2021 at 16:15
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    ... 'Mr and Mrs Marr do like to have a joke, yes/so they do.' These are echo tags. Common in certain Anglophone regions, though perhaps becoming dated. It would sound too clumsy as 'Mr and Mrs Marr like to have a joke, do Mr and Mrs Marr'. Oct 12, 2021 at 16:31


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