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    do or verb to be

    I was listening to a song and it was a rap song from a student,anyway....
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    Are you carrying a weapon on you,I've heard a lot of you are.
    My question is this,if I were to say 'do' instead of 'are',would I be wrong?
    If so,why?

    Thanks,
    Mike

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    Re: do or verb to be

    Quote Originally Posted by mikedjb View Post
    My question is this,if I were to say 'do' instead of 'are',would I be wrong?
    Yes
    If so,why?
    Are you carrying? Present progressive.
    Do you carry? Present simple.

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    Re: do or verb to be

    Quote Originally Posted by mikedjb View Post
    I was listening to a song and it was a rap song from a student,anyway....
    The part went like this:
    Are you carrying a weapon on you,I've heard a lot of you are.
    My question is this,if I were to say 'do' instead of 'are',would I be wrong?
    If so,why?

    Thanks,
    Mike
    In that context, "are" = at the moment/"do" = as routine.

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