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    "do" in positive sentences

    Hi, there.
    Could you please explain to me what's the meaning of do in thefollowing phrase:
    "We do need to see a lawyer". What it shall be if I say without do?
    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: "do" in positive sentences

    DO is used for emphasis. In speech, it is stressed (except in the uncontracted negative).

    The 'emphatic present' is: I do like; I do not like (I don't like), do you like?

    With auxiliary BE and HAVE, and the modals, the auxiliary/modal receives the stress in speech.

    An alternative way of giving emphasis in your example would be: I really need to se a lawyer.

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    Re: "do" in positive sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    Hi, there.
    Could you please explain to me what's the meaning of do in thefollowing phrase:
    "We do need to see a lawyer". What it shall be if I say without do?
    Thanks a lot.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Alex,


    Wife: Darling, I think that we need to see a lawyer.

    Husband: It's not a serious matter. Don't worry.

    Wife: Believe me, Charles, we do need to see a lawyer. And soon!!!

    The do is for emphasis. I believe that you could also

    make it even stronger: We really do need to see a lawyer.

    *****


    Tom: I speak 10 languages.

    Everyone laughs.

    Tom: Stop laughing! I do speak 10 languages!!!/ I really do speak

    10 languages!!!

    When someone does not believe you, you may use a form of "do" to

    emphasize the truth of your statement:

    Ralph: The president called me last night.

    Everyone laughs.

    Ralph: The president (really) did call me last night.

    P.S. Be careful. Do NOT use "do" with a form of "be."

    Tony: I am rich.

    Everyone laughs.

    Tony: I (really) AM rich. (Just say the form of "be" in a very loud voice.)

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    Re: "do" in positive sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    P.S. Be careful. Do NOT use "do" with a form of "be."

    Tony: I am rich.

    Everyone laughs.

    Tony: I (really) AM rich. (Just say the form of "be" in a very loud voice.)
    Parser is, as usual, correct. However, we can use DO with BE for an emphatic form of the imperative, and we have to use it for a negative imperative whether or not we add stress:

    Be careful. Do be careful! Don't be silly. Don't be silly!
    Last edited by 5jj; 28-Feb-2011 at 15:29.

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    Re: "do" in positive sentences

    Thanks a lot guys for your explanations!
    TheParser, I found your examples very instructive!

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