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    The auxiliary do

    Hello,

    Why is the auxiliary do sometimes omitted in questions?
    eg.,

    'What day really starts a new week?'

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    Re: The auxiliary do

    Quote Originally Posted by sondra View Post
    Hello,

    Why is the auxiliary do sometimes omitted in questions?
    eg.,

    'What day really starts a new week?'

    Thanks
    It's not omitted, it's unnecessary.

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    Re: The auxiliary do

    But in what cases is it unnecessary?

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    Re: The auxiliary do

    Quote Originally Posted by sondra View Post
    But in what cases is it unnecessary?
    Most cases.

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    Re: The auxiliary do

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


    Hello,
    Where do you study?

    Why does Tom have blue hair?

    How does one cook a lobster?

    When did the first newspaper start?

    What day really [ = in reality] starts a new week?

    I think that you have now answered your own question. Am I right? You probably said that "what" is being used as an

    adjective to modify the noun "day." Therefore, it is not necessary to use a form of "do" for the question.

    What shirt should I wear today?
    What grammar helpline is your favorite one?
    What newspaper do you read? (You do read what newspaper?)
    What day did he visit? (He did visit [on] what day?)


    James

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    Re: The auxiliary do

    When the question word, who, what, which ...is the subject of the verb, we don't need DO.

    Who works here? I do/I work here.
    Who do you want to see? I want to see Mr Jones.

    What days suit you best? Monday and Thursday (suit me best).
    What days do you prefer? I prefer Mondays and Thursdays.

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