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    Verb question

    Why is "Children do learn" wrong? Pres Bush said it the other day, and he was laughed at.

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    Really? I donīt think this sentence is wrong. Maybe the reason why they laughed is that they were kinda not agreeing with that statement...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrrich View Post
    Why is "Children do learn" wrong? Pres Bush said it the other day, and he was laughed at.

    mrrich
    Pragmatics: to communicate more than that which is explicitly stated.

    Children learn.
    => meaning, it's a general truth or fact about children.

    Children do learn.
    => meaning, children do indeed learn. Do is used for emphasis.


    President Bush's meaning is in orange; the audience members who laughed is in purple:
    Emphatic do has many uses in English.
    1. To add emphasis to an entire sentence: "He does like spinach. He really does!"
    2. To add emphasis to an imperative: "Do come in." (actually softens the command)
    3. To add emphasis to a frequency adverb: "He never did understand his father." "She always does manage to hurt her mother's feelings."
    4. To contradict a negative statement: "You didn't do your homework, did you?" "Oh, but I did finish it."
    5. To ask a clarifying question about a previous negative statement: "Ridwell didn't take the tools." "Then who did take the tools?"
    6. To indicate a strong concession: "Although the Clintons denied any wrong-doing, they did return some of the gifts."
    The laughter
    A: Children do learn.
    B: No one said they didn't.

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