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    "To be" or "Not to be" :)


    I'm studying English now. I am really beginner. I have one simple question. So, where should I use 'to be' and where 'do'. For example, why we say 'Why are you studying English?' but not 'Why do you studying English?' etc... Thanks for help.

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    Re: "To be" or "Not to be" :)

    It is because the present continuous form is [am/is/are + present participle] ── quoted from

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    Re: "To be" or "Not to be" :)

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

    Hello, Andrissig:

    In my opinion, learners should start their studies with the verb "to be" and NOT study other verbs until they COMPLETELY understand "to be."

    In short, one uses do / does / did IF you do not see a form of "to be."

    If you are using "to be," then forget "to do."

    I respectfully suggest that you learn everything that you can about "to be" before advancing to other verbs. I know that spending a lot of time on "to be" IS boring. But it is worth it.

    "You are studying English." As you know, "are" is a form of "to be." To make a question, then, simply move the "are" to the front: ARE you studying English?

    "He was watching TV." "WAS he ...?"

    "They were doing their homework." "WERE they ...?"

    "AM I doing this correctly?" (from "I am doing this correctly.")
    "IS he coming to our party?" (from "He is coming to our party.")
    "WERE Mona and James dancing?" (from "Mona and James were dancing.")


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