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    it does good to do sth

    I love to go to the seaside in summer. It ______ good to lie in the sun or swim in the cool sea.
    A. does B. feels C. gets D. makes
    The given answer is B. Some people say A is fine too. Is that so?

    Could I ask native speakers to help me please? Thanks a lot.

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    Re: it does good to do sth

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    I love to go to the seaside in summer. It ______ good to lie in the sun or swim in the cool sea.
    A. does B. feels C. gets D. makes
    The given answer is B. Some people say A is fine too. Is that so?

    Could I ask native speakers to help me please? Thanks a lot.
    A is not good English; you have to add something.
    For example, 'It does me good to swim in the cool sea.'
    "This means swimming in the cool sea is (good for)(beneficial to) me.

    It does them good to experience a hard life for a while. (it's a beneficial experience for them)

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    Re: it does good to do sth

    2006 is correct, it's not good English. However, a native speaker might say it, and certainly would understand it, and not think the speaker was "foreign" for using it. Properly, "it does one good," but we tend to find excuses not to use the rather formal "one" in common speech. So, we just gloss it, or skip it entirely. Perhaps more common would be "It's good to lie in the sun..." - shorter yet.

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    Re: it does good to do sth

    Quote Originally Posted by jlinger View Post
    2006 is correct, it's not good English. However, a native speaker might say it, and certainly would understand it, and not think the speaker was "foreign" for using it. Properly, "it does one good," but we tend to find excuses not to use the rather formal "one" in common speech. So, we just gloss it, or skip it entirely. Perhaps more common would be "It's good to lie in the sun..." - shorter yet.
    Nicely put. There's also elliptical It does (a body) good to ... .

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    Re: it does good to do sth

    And, going from the elliptical to the grandiloquent, 'It is beneficial to lie in the sun'

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    Re: it does good to do sth

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    And, going from the elliptical to the grandiloquent, 'It is beneficial to lie in the sun'

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    and eat ice cream!

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