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    Hello,

    I'm wondering about "do/do so/do it" as substitutions of verb phrases.

    Could you please describe the usage of them to me?


    for example:

    (a) Mary eats peas, and Bill does so.

    (B) * I always eat peas with honey. My wife never does so.-> dose.

    To my grammar book, (a) is right, but (b) is wrong. Thus 'My wife never does so.' should be changed to 'My wife never does.'.

    I have no idea!!! Please help me with the usage of 'do/does so/dose it'.

    Thank you really very much!!!

    Spoon

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    The first sentence, (a), doesn't work for my North American dialect.

    (a) Mary eats peas, and Bill does so.

    so should be "too", or it should come before does, like this,

    (a2) Mary eats peas, and so does Bill (eat peas).
    (a3) Mary eats peas, and Bill does too (i.e., also).

    As for (b), if so means "also", then it's ungrammatical, but if does so means "eats peas with honey"; i.e., "does it in that way", then (b) is grammatical.

    (b1) I always eat peas with honey, but my wife never does so/too.
    (b2) I always eat peas with honey, but my wife never does so/does it in that way.

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    Default Re: do/do so/do it

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    The first sentence, (a), doesn't work for my North American dialect.

    (a) Mary eats peas, and Bill does so.

    so should be "too", or it should come before does, like this,

    (a2) Mary eats peas, and so does Bill (eat peas).
    (a3) Mary eats peas, and Bill does too (i.e., also).

    As for (b), if so means "also", then it's ungrammatical, but if does so means "eats peas with honey"; i.e., "does it in that way", then (b) is grammatical.

    (b1) I always eat peas with honey, but my wife never does so/too.
    (b2) I always eat peas with honey, but my wife never does so/does it in that way.

    I really appreciate your kind help!


    Spoon

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    Is this correct?
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    I always eat peas with honey. My wife never does that.

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    Default Re: do/do so/do it

    It's OK, though I'd be more likely to use one of the forms above.

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