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    #1

    do for emphasys

    I wonder where the rainbow begins.
    Is it common or possible to use do in subordinate clauses, like I wonder where the rainbow does begin ?

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    #2

    Re: do for emphasys

    ***Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.***

    Hello,
    I can only guess:
    Probably it is possible but in your example it makes no sense to me.
    I wonder where the rainbow does begin.
    In my opinion the emphasized word (in spoken English) would be where.
    Where does the rainbow begin?

    So maybe the main sentence should be:
    Does the rainbow begin?
    I wonder if the rainbow does begin.
    (However, in that sentence if could be
    emphasized too.)

    Anyway it's only a guess and I'm very interested in reading the natives' opinions.

    Cheers!

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    #3

    Re: do for emphasys

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    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    I wonder where the rainbow begins.
    Is it common or possible to use do in subordinate clauses, like I wonder where the rainbow does begin ?
    It does make sense to me.
    It means "I wonder where the rainbow really begins."

    In spoken English the emphasized word would be "does" in the original version or "really" in the paraphrased version.

    But I agree with Nightmare85 that a native speaker's opinion here would be important.

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    #4

    Re: do for emphasys

    As you say, it's for emphasis.

    A: The rainbow begins in my backyard.
    B: No it doesn't.
    A: Oh, it begins at the high school.
    B: No, it doesn't.
    A: Well, I wonder where the rainbow does begin, then?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #5

    Re: do for emphasys

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    ***Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.***

    Hello,
    I can only guess:
    Probably it is possible but in your example it makes no sense to me.
    I wonder where the rainbow does begin.
    In my opinion the emphasized word (in spoken English) would be where.
    Where does the rainbow begin?

    So maybe the main sentence should be:
    Does the rainbow begin?
    I wonder if the rainbow does begin.
    (However, in that sentence if could be
    emphasized too.)

    Anyway it's only a guess and I'm very interested in reading the natives' opinions.

    Cheers!
    Yes, you're right.

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    #6

    Re: do for emphasys

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Yes, you're right.
    Do you mean the original sentence does not make sense at all?

    Some context can be provided by the following text:
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...rrections.html

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    #7

    Re: do for emphasys

    Well, it could, depending on the pragmatics of who knows what, what has just been said, and who expects what.

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