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    Do + noun

    Hi,

    Many a time I have noticed a sentence containing "supernumerary" DO and I would like to know why it sometimes is used because it is quite clear the sentence containing this "do-thing" can do without it. As far as I know, it was used in an archaic English, but one can meet it in modern literature.

    He did go home. I do understand. She does work there. Etc.

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    Hello, Johny:

    First, congratulations:

    1. The word "supernumerary" is certainly not in my active vocabulary (that is to say, that is a "big" word that I never use in speech or writing).
    2. Yes, you are correct: I have read that in older English, the "do" was often used.

    I believe that I am correct in saying that today the "do" is used for emphasis -- especially if someone does not believe you.

    Mother: You told me that your boyfriend would go home at 7 p.m. But I heard some noise in the living room at 8 p.m.
    Daughter: Mom, he did go home at 7 p.m. You heard some noise because I was cleaning the living room and kitchen in order to surprise you.
    Mother: Oh, I see. I apologize for being so suspicious. But a mother can never be too careful.


    Mona: I understand 8 languages.
    James: Yeah, right! Do you think that I'm an idiot?
    Mona: I do understand 8 languages. I just happen to be one of those talented people who have an ear for languages. Besides, my parents traveled around the world on business, so I quickly picked up languages.
    James: I apologize. I have to remember that not everyone is so stupid as I am.

    Ralph: I'm going to the White House to visit my girlfriend.
    James: The White House? The one where the president lives?
    Ralph: Yes, dude.
    James: Stop lying.
    Ralph: I'm not lying. She does work there. Senator Smith used his influence to get her a job there.
    James: I apologize.
    Ralph: I would hope so!

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    #3

    Re: Do + noun

    All your examples, Johnny, quote do + verb — not do + noun.

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    Re: Do + noun

    The word "supernumerary" suggests that the thing in question (for example, a supernumerary nipple) is not only unnecessary but perhaps also unwanted. However, the word "do" is used in some contexts for emphasis.


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    Re: Do + noun

    The only time I have ever used "supernumerary" is to describe an excess body part such as an extra rib or excess teats on a female animal.

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    Re: Do + noun

    Having a supernumerary nipple was one indication (back during the witch hunts in Europe) that a person was a witch.


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    Re: Do + noun

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    a supernumerary nipple.
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    On "Friends," the popular American comedy series known to many native speakers and many learners, it was "Chandler" who had three nipples.

    During one date, everything was going beautifully until the young lady saw his third nipple. That was the end of that relationship!

    "Chandler" the next day or so headed straight for the doctor's office to have it removed.

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    Re: Do + noun

    Supernumeraries (noun) in a movie, play or opera are usually non-speakers in a crowd scene. They may be holding spears or just standing around. In such situations , they do serve a purpose.

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    #9

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    I am used to hearing them called "extras".

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    Re: Do + noun

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I am used to hearing them called "extras".
    That's basically what they are. At the Metropolitan Opera, they're called "supers."

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