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    needed some help

    First of all thanks for reading this
    Could someone explain the diference between these statements.
    What makes you laugh?
    What does make you llaugh?

    I mean... I know that both mean the same,but when is appropiate to use each other...And I wrote "laugh" as an example ..what I really want to enphasize is the structure..."what makes you/what does make you"

    I'm taking a teacher course...wich is called ELT (English language teaching) and this is a question that a teacher asked...the only thing that comes to my mind is tah one is formal and the other not .

    pleas if some could explain me this ...that would be awesome

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    Re: needed some help

    Quote Originally Posted by arturo-gayosa View Post
    First of all thanks for reading this
    Could someone explain the diference between these statements.
    What makes you laugh?
    What does make you llaugh?

    I mean... I know that both mean the same,but when is appropiate to use each other...And I wrote "laugh" as an example ..what I really want to enphasize is the structure..."what makes you/what does make you"

    I'm taking a teacher course...wich is called ELT (English language teaching) and this is a question that a teacher asked...the only thing that comes to my mind is tah one is formal and the other not .

    pleas if some could explain me this ...that would be awesome
    ********** NOT A TEACHER **********

    Hello, Mr. Gayosa.

    (1) I very respectfully suggest that they do not mean the same.

    (2) You ask Martha a very simple question: What makes you laugh?

    She answers: "Oh, different things make me laugh. Nothing in particular."

    So you tell her a joke. She does not laugh.

    Then you make an ugly face. She does not laugh.

    Next you fall off the chair. She does not laugh.

    Finally, you lose your patience. You say:

    I have done many things to make you laugh. But you did not laugh.

    Would you please tell me what does make you laugh? ( = give me

    an idea of what makes you laugh, and then I will do that.)

    Thank you

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    Re: needed some help

    Quote Originally Posted by arturo-gayosa View Post
    First of all, thanks for reading this.
    Could someone explain the difference between these statements?
    What makes you laugh?
    What does make you laugh?

    I mean... I know that both mean the same, but when is it appropriate to use each other one? And I wrote used "laugh" as an example. What I really want to emphasize is the structure "what makes you/what does make you?"

    I'm taking a teacher teaching course [which is] called ELT (English Language Teaching) and this is a question that a teacher asked. The only thing that comes to my mind is tah that one is formal and the other not.

    Please, if someone could explain me this to me, that would be awesome.
    The Parser has given you a great example of when to use "What does make you laugh?", so I have simply made some amendments to your original post which you will wish to note.

    You used ... far too many times. A simple full stop at the end of each sentence is fine.

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    Re: needed some help

    Thank you very much, but actually what can you do if a student asks you...."Teacher you allways tell us that you have to use the auxiliary "do" or "does" if you are working on the present simple/question form, why now you say "What makes you laugh".Probably this student is a basic learner so which would your answer.

    That's all fellows..anyway thanks for your help!!! it will help me to improve...

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    Re: needed some help

    Quote Originally Posted by arturo-gayosa View Post
    Thank you very much, but actually what can you do if a student asks you...."Teacher you allways tell us that you have to use the auxiliary "do" or "does" if you are working on the present simple/question form, why now you say "What makes you laugh".Probably this student is a basic learner so which would your answer.

    That's all fellows..anyway thanks for your help!!! it will help me to improve...
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    Hello, Mr. Gayosa.

    (1) As I type, no one else has yet answered, so may I start?

    (2) Now I understand what you are seeking.

    (3) Yes, you are correct: In the present tense, one uses

    do or does to make questions. The students should understand that.

    (4) BUT English -- like other languages -- has many exceptions.

    (a) One big exception is the verb be. As you teach your students,

    one never, of course, uses do or does with be questions.

    (b) Another big exception is stated nicely by Mr. Michael Swan in

    his Practical English Usage:

    When who, which, what or whose is the subject, do or does is not

    usually used:

    What makes you laugh? (What is the subject.)

    EXCEPTION: For emphasis (to insist on an answer from your listener),

    you may use the auxiliary: What DOES make you laugh? (I insist/demand

    that you tell me.)

    Teacher: Who knows the answer?

    Martha: The answer is 6.

    Teacher: No.

    Tom: The answer is 8.

    Teacher: No.

    Mona: I know. The answer is 12.

    Teacher. No. Thank you, students, for trying. But we are

    wasting a lot of time. Who does know the answer? ( = There are

    30 students in this class. There MUST be at least one student who

    knows the answer. Would s/he please tell the class?)

    Thank you

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    Re: needed some help

    Master.....now I can say it....THANK YOU VERY MUCH...that was much more clear...And by the way I'm going to tell so to my teacher...Thank you...for real

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