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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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What topicalizing role does “do” play in “Only now do we have what we need to move forward”?

In the sentence "Only now do we have what we need to move forward", the word do clearly has some emphasizing meaning. But I would like a more precise understanding. Topicalization and fronting are ...
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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 a modal verb. It can be found frequently in Shakespeare and before and it is claimed to derive from the Celtic languages ...
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Question without 'do' [duplicate]

I was wondering if the following sentence is right: You ate the food? So what I want to know is whether I need to change it to 'Did you eat the food?' or if it can be kept as it is.
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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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Do we say “USA don't” or “USA doesn't”? [duplicate]

I'm kinda confused and can anyone say whats the right form and elaborate as to why
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Usage of “do not ” vs “does not” [closed]

I am trying to understand the grammar behind using "do not" vs "does not". Consider the following sentences. 1a. The way items are added to the cart does not guarantee an order. vs 1b. The way ...
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Anybody or somebody? Don't or doesn't?

I'm trying to write this parable: Just as knowledge alone of a language doesn't make somebody a poet... Questions: Does one write "doesn't" or "don't"? From what I know of grammar, I would go ...
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Are these interchangeable (continuous)? [closed]

Concerning the usage of the following forms "to do" and "to be doing," are the continuous ones correct? There is nothing to laugh at. There is nothing to be laughing at. There isn't much to ...
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Meaning of “do” in “What do you like?” etc

What is the meaning of "do" in questions like "What do you like?", "Where do you live", "Do you have a large family?" The verb 'to do' describes performing or executing an action, and in the first ...