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    do praise

    Children need compliments and words of encouragement and appreciation of doing something well. Don't overdo praise, but do prase. It is no use just thinking about doing it. We must say the words.

    About overdo praise and do praise, I think you can take the useage as overdo and do are verbs and praise are the object (noun) respectably. But I think you can take overdo and do are used here to emphasize the verb praise, especially do. I googled "do praise" and its example sentences seemed that do is used for emphasis. What would you think about. I would like to know the relation of overdo and praise and do and praise in the passage.

    Thank you very muh

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    Re: do praise

    You're right.

    do (aux)
    not (neg)
    overdo (verb)
    praise (noun)

    but (conj)
    do (aux, emphatic)
    praise (verb)


    but (conj)
    do (aux, emphatic)
    give (verb) <ellipsis>
    praise (noun)

    Does that help?

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    Re: do praise

    Yes very much. I didn't realize that give can be ommitted.

    I would like to ask you another question. May I?

    I have worked for numerous children infected with the virus that causes AIDS. They have taught me so many things , but I have especially learned that great courage can be found in the smallest of packages.

    How would you paraphrase packages? I know every single grammar about the passage and packages is used figuratively, which is mentioned later as the word of the mother of the main charater, a boy, both of whom are infectd, we can meet in heaven and live there happily.

    Thank you as always from the bottom of my heart.

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    Re: do praise

    bundle(s) [of joy]

    All three have the implication of something that contains other things.

    There is an old word that is actually quite useful here : atomy

    1. A tiny particle; a mote.

    2. A tiny being.

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    Re: do praise

    THanks Anglika

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