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    A question about "I did"

    Hi,

    Here's two sentences with the same meaning:

    1. I played football.
    2. I did play football.

    Are they really have the same meaning? Is there a difference, even a slight one?

    Thanks

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    Re: A question about "I did"

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

    What did you do yesterday?
    I played football.


    I heard you were at home yesterday so I guess you didn't play football.
    I did play football.


    Use do/did to emphasize your statement when someone thinks you didn't do it [2].
    When no one says the opposite, there is no need to emphasize your statement [1].

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    Re: A question about "I did"

    Quote Originally Posted by iSergiwa View Post
    Hi,

    Here's two sentences with the same meaning:

    1. I played football.
    2. I did play football.

    Are they really have the same meaning? Is there a difference, even a slight one?

    Thanks
    NOT A TEACHER

    (1) I agree with Nightmare.

    (2) Martha: I speak 10 languages.

    Joe: No way!

    Martha: I'm not kidding you. I really do speak 10 languages!

    (3) More examples of emphasis:

    I did speak with the king!!! (Please believe me!)

    Sue did kiss George! (I saw her with my own eyes!)

    English does have a bigger vocabulary than any other

    language! (All the experts say so!)

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    Re: A question about "I did"

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    I really do speak 10 languages!
    I was thinking that "do" in this sense is equivalent to "really". So when I use it I don't use "really" or vice versa. Since, you are a native-speaker and it is not that probable that you would use it incorrectly, it turns out that I was simply wrong.

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    Re: A question about "I did"

    So it's for emphasis? I expected that but wanted to be sure.
    Thank you all, I am really learning in here.

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    Re: A question about "I did"

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    I was thinking that "do" in this sense is equivalent to "really". So when I use it I don't use "really" or vice versa. Since, you are a native-speaker and it is not that probable that you would use it incorrectly, it turns out that I was simply wrong.
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    (1) I believe that you are correct. When we use a form of "do"

    for emphasis, "do" does seem to equal "really."

    Tom: I have 10 girlfriends.

    George: No way!

    Tom: Believe me! I do have 10 girlfriends!

    (2) My being a native speaker is of little importance. There are

    many people who speak English as a second (or even third) language

    who speak it better than I. In your posts, for example, you often

    show a knowledge of English grammar that I do not possess.

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    Re: A question about "I did"

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ...for example, you often show a knowledge of English grammar that I do not possess.
    TheParser, thank you very much for your compliments although I think you sacrificed the truth about my English for the sake of being kind. Anyways, true or not, it was good to read these lines from you and I have to admit that you do know how to motivate the learners.

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