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    Jadoon 84 is offline Member
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    Default I + verb and I + do + verb

    Would someone please teach me what is the difference between the following sentences?

    1, I play football. (Present Indefinite tense)

    But

    2, I do play football. (why "DO" is used here, does it change the meaning of the sentence? when should I use "I + Do + verb? )

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    Default Re: I + verb and I + do + verb

    The "do" is emphatic, put in to remove any doubt that you might not play football. For example:

    Q: I know you're a good swimmer, but I've never seen you play any team sports.
    A: Well, I do play football.

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    Default Re: I + verb and I + do + verb

    Is it okay to use this emphatic "do" in academic writing as well?

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    Default Re: I + verb and I + do + verb

    Yes, occasionally. Emphasis is a rhetorical device, but the tone of academic writing should be as neutral as possible. The emphatic form is similar in intent and meaning to italics: said too often, it only annoys.

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    Default Re: I + verb and I + do + verb

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Mr. Jadoon:

    May I add two more examples to abaka's excellent answer?

    *****

    Tom: My father speaks 10 languages.

    Mona: No way, dude! That's impossible.

    Tom: He does speak 10 languages! If you don't believe me, come over tonight and listen to him.

    *****

    Monica: The president of our country called me last night on the phone.

    Joe: Stop kidding, will you!

    Monica: I'm not joking. He really did call me last night. The call was recorded. I'll let you listen to it.

    *****

    P.S. If you wish to emphasize the verb "to be," do NOT use "do." Just say the word loudly:

    Tom: My girlfriend is the most beautiful girl in this town.

    Robert: I don't think so.

    Tom: She IS the most beautiful girl in this town. Everyone says so.

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