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    #1

    do for belive

    "I don't belive him but I belive you." I guess it would be wrong but could I use the verb 'to do' in the sentence to not make repetition and say "I don't belive him but I do you."?

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    Re: do for belive

    I am not a teacher.

    Yes, you can, but the word is 'believe'.

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    #3

    Re: do for belive

    Yes, but you should get hold of a copy of this(!) (Maybe you do distinguish between 'live' and 'leave', but the persistent typo suggests that you could do with a bit of practice. )

    When using this construction, make sure you give the vowel a full /u:/.

    I don't believe him. Do you? => /də ju:/
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    I don't believe him, but I do you. => /du: ju:/

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    #4

    Re: do for belive

    My French wife, who speaks very good English, can't hear the difference between the verbs live and leave.

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    #5

    Re: do for belive

    I prefer "believe" in both places.

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    #6

    Re: do for belive

    You could also repeat both: I don't believe him but I do believe you.

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    Re: do for belive

    Is it OK to say 'I believe you but not him'?
    Not a teacher.

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    Re: do for belive

    It's probably more common as, "I don't believe him, but you I do" if you leave out the second believe/verb.
    "I don't like Anna, but Jane I do."
    "I don't like tai chi, but yoga I do."
    Here, you don't want to give the mistaken impression that you do yoga or do Jane, if you only mean that you like yoga or Jane.

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    Re: do for belive

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Is it OK to say 'I believe you but not him'?
    Yes.

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