Auxiliary verbs

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  • Lewi
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    7 May, 2012 at 8:53
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    Can some one advice me how I can explain to my students
    when to you Do and when to use Does?

    dan
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    7 May, 2012 at 18:44
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    Reply To: Auxiliary verbs

    Hi Lewi

    I’m not sure if your question is about the difference between "do" and "does", or about how to teach the auxiliary verb "do" (of which "does" is the third person singular form).

    If your question is about how to teach the auxiliary verb "do", remember that it doesn’t exist in isolation – we can’t "teach" the meaning of "do" in the same way that we might teach the meaning of, say, "apple". Instead you need to look at when we use the auxiliary (normally with present simple questions and negatives) and teach it as an integral part of your explanation of this.

    The difference between "do" and "does" won’t then require any further explanation beyond saying that "does" is the third person singular form.

    Hope that helps?

    Dan

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