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    Usage of 'do'

    1.I want to do one more round.(round of jogging or driving)
    2. We don't do desserts anymore.

    Are these sentences correct with the usage of 'do'? Are there any rules for applying the word 'do' in these kind of sentences?


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    Quote Originally Posted by payal desai View Post
    1.I want to do one more round.(round of jogging or driving)
    2. We don't do desserts anymore.
    What do you consider a "round of jogging" to be? Is that a specific distance? The same goes for "a round of driving". I have only heard of a round of golf.

    Sentence 2 is fine if spoken by a waiter at a café or restaurant who used to serve desserts but no longer do so.
    Last edited by 5jj; 12-Mar-2014 at 21:10. Reason: QUOTE shortened
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    They are correct in the right contexts. You haven't given us enough context to be sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    What do you consider a "round of jogging" to be? Is that a specific distance? The same goes for "a round of driving". I have only heard of a round of golf.

    Sentence 2 is fine if spoken by a waiter at a café or restaurant who used to serve desserts but no longer do so.
    Or a round of drinks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Or a round of drinks.
    True, but I was trying to stick with the sporting context.
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    In the first sentence 'round' is referred to a circular track for joggng or driving.

    In the second sentence someone is saying- like guests are saying that we don't do desserts anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by payal desai View Post
    In the first sentence 'round' is referred to a circular track for joggng or driving. If you have to explain it, it is not common.

    In the second sentence someone is saying- like guests are saying that we don't do desserts anymore. This usage of "do" was somewhat popular in the recent past. The more popular phrase was "Let's do lunch sometime." This is reminiscent of a Hollywood character trying to make a deal. I suppose that you can use it but I would recommend against it as it sounds very trite.
    Gil

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    If I were on a running circuit and wanted to go round it one more time, I would say "I just want to do one more circuit". I wouldn't have to mention jogging or driving because, presumably, the person I am talking to can see what I'm doing. If they couldn't see me, I would say "I'm jogging at the moment. I just want to do one more circuit [and then I'll come home]".

    I don't find the usage of "do" with dessert old-fashioned at all.

    John: That meal was delicious. I'm really full.
    Jane: Do you not want to do dessert then?
    John: Don't be silly! I always do dessert.

    John: Can we see the dessert menu please?
    Waiter: Sorry, we don't do dessert any more. Just tea or coffee.
    John: Oh, that's disappointing. OK, never mind, we'll have the bill then.
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    We would do one more "lap" here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I don't find the usage of "do" with dessert old-fashioned at all. Different countries have difference ways of using the language. I haven't heard this in years - it's so 1990s

    John: That meal was delicious. I'm really full.
    Jane: Do you not want to do dessert then?
    John: Don't be silly! I always do dessert.

    John: Can we see the dessert menu please?
    Waiter: Sorry, we don't do dessert any more. Just tea or coffee.
    John: Oh, that's disappointing. OK, never mind, we'll have the bill then.
    Gil
    Last edited by 5jj; 12-Mar-2014 at 21:25. Reason: QUOTE shortened

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