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    #1

    Do

    Should the word DO be used in the following;

    "I did DO it"

    "I DO have it"

    What are the rules for using or not using DO?

    Thank you

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    #2

    Re: Do

    Emphatic:

    [1] I did (in fact) do it. (non-emphatic, I did it.)
    [2] I did (in fact) have it. (non-emphatic, I had it.)

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    Re: Do

    Thank you Casiopea, this is much clearer now!

    May i trouble you for guidance on this use of DO

    " They were imprisoned for something (THAT?) they did not (DO?)

    Is DO essential in this sentence, or does it still make sense without DO?

    How about the word THAT? Is this necessary in formal BRITISH ENGLISH?

    Thank you for your kind assistance

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