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    "Do" after an interrogative

    Does placing "do" after an interrogative pronoun simply strenghtens the question? Such as in "Why do women eat less?" as opposed to "Why women eat less?".

    And, in general, what is the role of "do" preceeded by pronouns such as why, what or where?

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    Re: "Do" after an interrogative

    Quote Originally Posted by vanity View Post
    Does placing "do" after an interrogative pronoun simply strenghtens the question? Such as in "Why do women eat less?" as opposed to "Why women eat less?".

    And, in general, what is the role of "do" preceeded by pronouns such as why, what or where?
    "Why women eat less" is not a question, "Why do women eat less?" is a question. The "do" makes it a question.


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    Re: "Do" after an interrogative

    Thank you, Bhaisahab.
    But how do we classify the same sentence without it ("do") - as incomplete, or a statement?

    More importantly, what is the official function of "do" in this context (following the interrogative pronoun)? An auxilliary verb?

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    Re: "Do" after an interrogative

    Quote Originally Posted by vanity View Post
    Thank you, Bhaisahab.
    But how do we classify the same sentence without it ("do") - as incomplete, or a statement?

    More importantly, what is the official function of "do" in this context (following the interrogative pronoun)? An auxilliary verb?
    It could be the title of a book, for example. Yes, "do" is an auxilliary verb in that context.


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    Re: "Do" after an interrogative

    Many thanks.

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