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What's the grammatical logic of emphatic phrases like "I do eat sushi"?

Let's consider, for example, this excerpt from a poem by Grenfell: Those ancient Jew boys went like stinks, They knew not reck nor fear, Old Noah knocked the first two jinks, And Nimrod got the spear....
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Can "do I" be used in the middle of a phrase as an affirmative sentence?

I am revising an English text and found a phrase on this text: Why do ye say: “Not even at the request of God do I forgive.”? Do not say ye that! from the original Portuguese version: Por que ...
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Difference between 'do so' and 'do' without the 'so' [closed]

I understand that when I wish to repeat an infinitive form of the verb, it's correct to use 'to do so'. For example, He wished to leave the house party, and I wanted to (do so) as well. Here simply ...
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What is a word for when you understand and comprehend something but cannot do it?

Emily Dickinson understands all the concepts of poetry but cannot write all her thoughts.
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Placement of the auxiliary verb within a sentence

When using do as auxiliary verb for emphasis, could one swap it around in a sentence or not? For example, Do please check the details beforehand. Please do check the details beforehand. Are both ...
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Can I say, "Building tunnels" or "new ring roads" can also do? [closed]

Building tunnels or new ring roads can also do. Is using "do" in this way ungrammatical? "Do", in this sentence, would mean "work": Building tunnels or new ring roads ...
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Why the phrase "That this House do now adjourn" contains "do" and not "does"?

In the UK parliament and also many other parliaments, there is an adjournment debate. It is a debate on the motion, "That this House do now adjourn." I assume that this is an example of ...
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"Many children don't play ball" or "Many children doesn't play ball" [closed]

I'm still learning English and the topic which I learn is about simple present tense. I'm learning from channel learnenglishlab. But there is one video I don't understand why it using do rather than ...
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How correct is this sentence: "His parents did not approve of our dating because of our age difference, but we did anyway."

How correct is this sentence: "His parents did not approve of our dating because of our age difference, but we did anyway." If "did anyway" refers to "approve", how can ...
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Why does the sentence "Glimpses do ye seem to see of that (...) ?" starts with 'glimpses' instead of with regular 'do'? [duplicate]

I cannot make much sense of glimpses in the following passage from Moby-Dick: Know ye now, Bulkington? Glimpses do ye seem to see of that mortally intolerable truth; that all deep, earnest thinking ...
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Shortcut for does not exist [closed]

I am currently programming an application, and as it turns out the term "Does not exist" is commonly shortened to "Not exists". I was curious which would be the more proper term because to me "Not ...
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"these functions are strictly non-decreasing, whereas the others ARE", or "these functions are strictly non-decreasing, whereas the others DO"?

Should I say "these functions are strictly non-decreasing, whereas the others ARE.", - or - "these functions are strictly non-decreasing, whereas the others DO." ? Related, but not similar: ...
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"Don't it" instead of "doesn't it' [duplicate]

Recently I saw a phrase that sounds like that: Hurts even with the vest, don't it? So, the question is: Why there is "don't" instead of "doesn't"? I've found a lot of usages like that, so it ...
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Can I use the verb 'to do' to emphasize the verb 'can'?

The verb 'to do' can be used to emphasize things, e.g.: I do understand it. Can it be used to emphasize a sentence that uses the verb 'can'? E.g.: I do can play football. If not, how could I achieve ...
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Whence comes increasing usage of "I'll do an X" instead of "I'll have" in ordering food?

I have lately noticed, at both ends of a recent thousand-mile relocation within the USA, that people are increasingly using the verb “do” in ordering food, in place of that “have&...
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Formal alternative to "that'll do" [closed]

I use "that'll do" in circumstances where I acknowledge that something is sufficient. What is a formal alternative for this phrase, that can take place in a formal letter or a conversation ? ...
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Usage of Do in an article

In an article I cannot understand what this sentence means. What does "that do $4k per square foot" mean? "Away, founded four years ago, raised $50 mm last year to grow, including building out a ...
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Use of Where do and Where

Where the animals live? Where do the animals live? I like to know which sentence is correct or more correct? Why do is not in both sentence? Please help me understand it.
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Diiffernce Between Did and Have [duplicate]

I am new here and I am beginner in English. Can anyone explain me the difference between these 2 sentences and also which one is wrong. "Did you see my DP?" or "Have you seen my DP?" Please ...
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Can “does” be contracted? [closed]

In conversation sometimes I’ll say something like this: What’s that do? which uses “s” as a contraction for “does”. Is this a “real” contraction, or is it incorrect usage of a contraction?
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Should there be a 'do' here? - "Trying to figure out what (do) I enjoy doing." [closed]

Should there be a 'do' in this sentence? "Trying to figure out what (do) I enjoy doing." Thank you in advance!
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What Does He Do

I'm teaching conversational English to ESL students in Korea, but I don't have a strong background in grammar. I can tell them how we say things, but cannot always explain why it is that way. Today, ...
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Where does compulsory "do support" come from?

We are familiar with the concept of "do support", where the verb do is used as an auxiliary verb. It can be found frequently in Shakespeare and before and it is claimed to derive from the ...
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How many people dance vs how many people do dance [closed]

I get confused with this question. I want to ask some questions about a tradtional party. This party is something like an event, people gather together and wear specific clothes. Is it correct to ask "...
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When to use does and when to use do?

I'm studying for my exams and I stumbled upon these past year questions. The correct answer for a) is do. I'm having trouble understanding why 'do' should be used to replace 'does'. Shouldn't the ...
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Why does this sentence use "does not" instead of "do not"? [duplicate]

I have two sentences that I was unsure if I needed to use "do not" or "does not". Now I know that the correct one is the one with "does not" but I don't understand the reason why. The two sentences ...
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What is the purpose of (-s) in "Don't hurts us"?

Shouldn't verbs after "to do" always be infinitive? If so, then what's the purpose of adding the suffix "-s" ? Image from Middle Earth- Shadow of Mordor || Gollum says: Don't hurts us!
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"You mean the guy who sells fruit?" or "Do you mean the guy who sells fruit?" [duplicate]

In conversation, which is correct: You mean the one with the guy who sells fruit? or Do you mean the one with the guy who sells fruit? My ESL student has asked me why we don't always include ...
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What does this sentence mean? "I want to do me. I'm going to do me." [closed]

What does this sentence mean? "I want to do me. I'm going to do me."
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When is it appropriate to use "did + verb" in a who-question?

I know that one can say "I did take the money" in order to stress the action. For instance, "You didn't take the money, did you?" - "I did take the money! I told you already so many times." But when ...
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'Do' as a one-word short answer

Example: - It's stuffy in here. Shall I open the window? + Do. Example: - Do you mind if I look at your paper? + No, please do. What is the grammar behind this structure? When can it be used?
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I love you, and will always do? Or always will? [closed]

My girlfriend (who's first language is not English) said to me the other day 'I love you, and I will always do'. I then proceeded to make the argument that that didn't make sense, and that it would ...
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Does imperative emphatic sentence work?

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 ...
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"What is it exactly you do do?" [duplicate]

In a Twin Peaks episode you can hear the following question: "So, Mr. Wheeler, what is it exactly you do do?". It seems to me quite weird. Is it correct? I suppose that the purpose of the second do ...
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"Do forgive me"

Good morning everyone, I am an English learner and I am reading "Dracula" by Bram Stoker. I have a little question regarding this sentence: "Oh, do forgive me for being so rude" pronounced by ...
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Correct answer fo the question with 'do you'

I know one of possible correct answers for the question 'Do you want to see her?' is – Yes, I do. But is also grammatically correct an answer: – Yes, I want. ? Thanks :)
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How to create a correct statement: the usage of the verb TO DO

I would like to create a statement for an exercise. Pretend you are a positive character from a fairy tale. Describe what you see, what you do, how you feel. My question: Is ok what you do or ...
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Verb do + verb to be + ing form

What are the correct tenses to use in the following sentence between gerund and infinitive? What I do at this point is ____ home and _____ dinner. Should I write: What I do at this point is ...
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When to use "not to" or "to not" [duplicate]

Which of these two sets of examples are more correct? Finally, I decided to not go to the party. Finally, I decided not to go to the party. Tell your sister not to worry about the exam. ...
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Does the rest of them or Do the rest of them?

In this situation, where "The Committee" is a group of roughly 9 men, which sentence would be correct? (One man from the group did something) Does the rest of The Committee know of this? Do the rest ...
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Using 'do' unnecessarily

Often when I am on a flight, nearly every sentence I hear from the flight attendants contains an unnecessary emphatic auxiliary in its main clause; that is, an altogether unnecessary do or unnecessary ...
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Use "do" instead of many other verbs [closed]

Is it popular, how often, and in which cases does "do" take place of other verbs? Can it be used in written and in spoken English? Can we use "do" instead of any verb? Should we often provide context ...
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"Do only use" Or "only use"

Which of these sentences is correct? "Do only use in [an] emergency case" "Only use in [an] emergency case"
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Past Tense of "Do" [duplicate]

Which sentence below is correct when using the past tense of "do"? What I did to find out is that... What I did to find out was that...
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A bit confused with Not until ... do

I found a sentence in test. Not until several years after a war has ended _________ to feel the severe psychological damage it can cause. (A) do many of its veterans begin (B) many of its veterans ...
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Why is "do" used twice in the quotation, "do you do as the Queen has bidden"?

The extract is from B. Shaw's play "Caesar and Cleopatra". CAESAR [cutting her short] I speak to the Queen. Be silent. [To Cleopatra] Is this how your servants know their places? Send her away; ...
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Think about ~~. 's answer is ?? I am or I do [closed]

I watch the drama, "Criminal Mind : Beyond Borders". In 3rd episode, investigator chasing the suspect who is going to suicide said "Think about your daughter!" Then the suspect answers "I AM" I am ...
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Asking subject - object questions. 'Did' or past form of the verb in Past Simple?

The question is about the rule of asking questions in Past Simple tense. Please, look at the questions below and tell me if my thinking and naming of questions stated here are correct? For example ...
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When was the "do form" introduced in the English language? [duplicate]

The following might be standard textbook question, but not being a native speaker I am unaware of the origin. In ancient English, as well as in other Germanic languages, questions were posed ...
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"What do you do on Sundays?" vs "What are you doing on Sunday?"

"What do you do on Sundays?" vs "What are you doing on Sunday?" In the first one, the question asks what I do in general on the 7th day of the week. While in the second one, I am asked what my plans ...
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