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  1. HangmaN
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    Are or Do!

    Hi teachers and friends

    I don’t know when I keep are or aren’t in a sentence and when I keep do or don’t in sentence.

    e.g. 1/ I don’t smell anything
    2/ I am not smell anything or he aren't semll anything
    Which a sentence is correct?

    May anyone explain to me when use them? Is there a rule?

    Thank you so much in advance
    Last edited by HangmaN; 22-Sep-2007 at 06:51.

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    Re: Are or Do!

    Quote Originally Posted by HANGMAN View Post
    Hi teachers and friends

    I donít know when I keep are or arenít in a sentence and when I keep do or donít in sentence.

    e.g. 1/ I donít smell anything
    2/ I arenít smell anything
    Which a sentence is correct?

    May anyone explain to me when use them? Is there a rule?

    Thank you so much in advance
    With verbs you use do/don't in present simple. For example: don't speak, do you speak?
    You use to be(am,is,are) alone in present simple. For example: I am here, he is not English, are you on-line?

  3. HangmaN
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    Re: Are or Do!

    Thank you very much Harry
    That does help

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    Re: Are or Do!

    Quote Originally Posted by HANGMAN View Post
    Thank you very much Harry
    That does help
    You are most welcome!


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    Re: Are or Do!

    first you cant say im not smelling anything since the verb"to smell" is non-progressive.
    verb" to do" shows an action . verb "to be" shows a state.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petreem View Post
    first you cant say im not smelling anything since the verb"to smell" is non-progressive.
    verb" to do" shows an action . verb "to be" shows a state.
    The verb smell can be both a normal verb and a non-continuous one. It depends on the context:
    E.g.

    The food smells good - Non-Continuous Verb
    The food has a good smell.
    I am smelling the flowers. - Present Continuous tense [smell - normal verb]
    I am sniffing the flowers to see what their smell is like.

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