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    Do people do it yet?

    Hi! :)
    I want to ask people about their habits and I thought about the following syntax .
    - Do people do it yet ?

    It's confusing me, I'm not sure Is it the correct question?
    When I read it 'Do people do' . It sounds strange for me. Can you write what do you think about above example?
    I'm not a teacher and native-speaker. I am a student

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    Re: Do people do it yet?

    Quote Originally Posted by Milczek View Post
    Hi! :) Don't make your own emoticons. If you really need to use one, click on the button and choose one.
    I want to ask people about their habits and I thought about the following syntax. (Don't put a space before a full stop.)

    - Do people do it yet ?

    It's confusing me. I'm not sure Is if it is the correct question. (Starting with "I'm not sure ..." means it is not a question so no question mark is required.)

    When I read it 'Do people do', it sounds strange for to me. Can you write tell me what do you think about the above example?
    1. I have changed your thread title. Titles should include some/all of the words you are querying.
    2. Note my corrections above.
    3. "Do people do it?" would be OK but I don't know why you included the word "yet" in your question.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Do people do it yet?

    Quote Originally Posted by Milczek View Post



    It sounds strange.

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    Hello, Milczek:

    I think that many learners are confused by the use of "do" two times.

    For example, a friend speaking very fast might ask you: "You do your homework before dinner every day?"

    For standard English, however, a question with a verb like "do," "eat," "watch," etc. must be introduced by the verb "do." (The introductory "do" means NOTHING.)

    So your friend would usually ask, "Do you do your homework before dinner every day?"


    I have made up some more examples. Please study them very carefully.

    1. Does Milczek do his homework every day?
    2. Did Milczek do the dishes after dinner yesterday?
    3. I do not (don't) do my homework in the kitchen.
    4. I did not (didn't) do the dishes after dinner yesterday.
    5. Do the children do their lessons quietly?
    6. Did the children do their lessons quietly yesterday?

    Remember: If your question or the negative starts with "do" or "does" or "did," then the main verb (which I put in boldface type) is ALWAYS "do."
    Last edited by TheParser; 14-Feb-2016 at 14:30.

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    Re: Do people do it yet?

    If you're surprised that people have this habit today, you could ask if they still do it. Your question might work in some contexts, but on its own, it sounds strange.

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    Re: Do people do it yet?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Milczek:

    I think that many learners are confused by the use of "do" two times.

    For example, a friend speaking very fast might ask you: "You do your homework before dinner every day?"

    For standard English, however, a question with a verb like "do," "eat," "watch," etc. must be introduced by the verb "do." (The introductory "do" means NOTHING.)

    So your friend would usually ask, "Do you do your homework before dinner every day?"


    I have made up some more examples. Please study them very carefully.

    1. Does Milczek do his homework every day?
    2. Did Milczek do the dishes after dinner yesterday?
    3. I do not (don't) do my homework in the kitchen.
    4. I did not (didn't) do the dishes after dinner yesterday.
    5. Do the children do their lessons quietly?
    6. Did the children do their lessons quietly yesterday?

    Remember: If your question or the negative starts with "do" or "does" or "did," then the main verb (which I put in boldface type) is ALWAYS "do."
    What about:

    Did you you eat breakfast this morning?
    Did you drive to work this morning?
    Do you have a winter jacket?
    Do you have any brothers or sisters?
    Do you want some milk in your coffee?
    Do you like to eat ice cream?
    Do you like donuts?
    I do not eat after midnight.
    I do not need any help.
    Do you need some help with that?

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    #6

    Re: Do people do it yet?

    My favorite confusing phrase in this genre is did you do your due diligence?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Do people do it yet?

    In AmE pronunciation "Do you do due diligence?" could be even more confusing! I believe that "due" is pronounced the same as "do" in many (most?) AmE variants. In BrE, it's pronounced like "dyou".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Do people do it yet?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In AmE pronunciation "Do you do due diligence?" could be even more confusing! I believe that "due" is pronounced the same as "do" in many (most?) AmE variants.
    Yes, exactly. In AmE, do and due are homonyms. If any AmE variants pronounce due as dyou,​ they're very rare.
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    Re: Do people do it yet?

    Does that make BrE speakers better at due diligence with non-native speakers?

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