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    he speaks about suicide

    What is the difference between these two sentences:
    1- he speaks about suicide
    2- he does speak about suicide
    why must we most often put "does" in the present tense?
    thanks in advance.

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    #2

    Re: he speaks about suicide

    They are not sentences as they don't start with a capital letter and end with a full stop. Please edit your post accordingly.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    #3

    Re: he speaks about suicide

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    They are not sentences as they don't start with a capital letter and end with a full stop. Please edit your post accordingly.
    What is the difference between these two sentences:
    1- He speaks about suicide.
    2- He does speak about suicide.
    why must we most often put "does" in the present tense?
    thanks in advance.

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    #4

    Re: he speaks about suicide

    What do you think is the difference between those sentences?

    You do know that "does" is present tense, don't you?

    Could you supply some context for those sentences?

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    #5

    Re: he speaks about suicide

    He speaks about suicide
    No more.
    He hanged himself,
    And he died.

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    #6

    Re: he speaks about suicide

    Quote Originally Posted by george lh View Post
    What is the difference between these two sentences?

    1- He speaks about suicide.
    2- He does speak about suicide.

    ​Why must we most often put "does" in the present tense?
    Thanks in advance.
    They are both grammatically correct. #1 is the most natural if you are simply stating a fact. #2 would work as part of a longer dialogue where the speaker wants to emphasise that someone talks about suicide.

    I don't know why you asked why we "most often" put "does". We don't. It's less common in a declarative statement than simply using the relevant form of the present tense.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: he speaks about suicide

    He does speak about suicide could used to contradict someone who wrongly says that he doesn't speak about it. As Emsr2d2 says, it is an emphatic form, and it is not more common than he speaks about suicide.

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    #8

    Re: he speaks about suicide

    Quote Originally Posted by george lh View Post



    Why must we most often put "does" in the present tense?
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, George:

    The teachers have already given you the answer.

    I just thought that you would appreciate this extra information.

    I am sure that you have heard of a famous English writer named Shakespeare (1564 - 1616).

    A brilliant scholar tells us that in Shakespeare's day, English speakers sometimes used "does" and sometimes didn't use "does." Shakespeare wrote "Thus conscience does make cowards of us all." Today in modern English, it would be "Thus conscience makes cowards of us all."

    There was no "rule."

    The scholar says that some people in those days might have used "does" for "dignity [it sounded elegant], euphony [a pleasant sound], rhythm, emphasis [which we do today], often from mere caprice [because the writer just wanted to]." Don't be surprised if you see this use of "does" in poetry or legal language nowadays.

    *****

    You come here for modern English, so be sure to follow the teachers' advice.


    That scholar is George Oliver Curme in his 1931 masterpiece A Grammar of the English Language, Vol. II, page 23.

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    #9

    Re: he speaks about suicide

    Thank you. I meant by "most often" like "usually." Is it incorrect though?

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    Re: he speaks about suicide

    Thanks.I really appreciate this extra information.

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