It adds emphasis.
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I see and hear a lot of people say sometimes
I do love you,?
why do they add "do" if we can say directly '' I love you" ??
thank you all
It adds emphasis.
that means I do love you stronger than I Love you,
please, can you clarify more please, ?
"I do love you" has an added emphasis.
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In English, if you wish to emphasize a point because maybe
someone does not believe you, you use the verb "to do."
Tom: I love you.
Martha: I do not believe you.
Tom: Believe me, darling. I do love you. I am not lying.
Mona: My father speaks 10 languages.
George: No way!
Mona: I am not lying!!! He does speak 10 languages.
Tony: The president called me last night.
Susan: Liar!!! The president would never call you.
Tony: The president did call me. Of course, I am referring to
the president of our swimming club. Not the president of our
Susan: Very funny!!!
NOTE: If the verb is "to be," do NOT use "do" for emphasis.
Just say the word loudly:
Herbert: I am the smartest boy in my family.
Jane: I do not believe you.
Herbert: I AM the smartest boy in my family. Believe me.
Joyce: There were 500 people at my birthday party.
John: No way!!! You do not have 500 friends.
Joyce: I am not lying!!! There WERE 500 people there.
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Here's a link to a site that speaks against it. And here is an excerpt from Shaw's Pygmalion:
HIGGINS. Very well, then, what on earth is all this fuss about? The girl doesnt belong to anybody—is no use to anybody but me. [He goes to Mrs. Pearce and begins coaxing]. You can adopt her, Mrs. Pearce: I'm sure a daughter would be a great amusement to you. Now dont make any more fuss. Take her downstairs; and—
MRS. PEARCE. But whats to become of her? Is she to be paid anything? Do be sensible, sir.
You can say "do be'' like that because it is a command (imperative). You would not say "I do am" or "He does is."
The "do" in "I do love you" not only adds emphasis, but also acts to rebuttal.
A partners may have said,...
X: "You don't love me."
O: "Yes, I do love you!"
The primary auxiliary BE is used with DO only for:
1. The negative imperative: 'Don't be silly'.
2. The emphatic imperative, affirmative and negative:
'Be careful' - 'Do be careful' - 'Do be careful'.
'Don't be silly' - 'Don't be silly'