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    The "do" verb..

    What difference does the "do" verb make when we compare these two sentences?

    1. I love you.
    2. I do love you.

    Thanks!


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    Re: The "do" verb..

    Quote Originally Posted by blue_jay975 View Post
    What difference does the "do" verb make when we compare these two sentences?

    1. I love you.
    2. I do love you.

    Thanks!
    Two differences and there may be more.

    1. 'do' adds emphasis.

    2. 'do' could negate/be a denial of a previous negative statement.

    A: You don't love me.

    B: I do love you.


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    Re: The "do" verb..

    Thanks a lot! 'Till next time..

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    Re: The "do" verb..

    Additionally, emphatic do:
    Emphasis. In the simplest case, do support affects affirmative sentences containing a finite verb whose truth is being emphasized.

    It involves replacing the finite verb by the verb's bare form and adding a form of auxiliary do to the sentence in the appropriate tense (either present or past tense).

    This form of do then receives emphatic stress, as indicated by underlining in (11).

    (11)
    a. Unemphatic (without do support)
    He dances; she sang.

    b. Emphatic (with do support)
    He does dance; she did sing.

    Modals and auxiliary verbs in English


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    Re: The "do" verb..

    Emphasis, it is..

    Thanks a lot..

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