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Auxiliaries

Sentences and Questions with did and do for Class 1 English

The words do, and did are examples of auxiliary verbs in English grammar. These verbs are necessary to complete the structure of a sentence and provide more information about the main verb. This learning concept covers the auxiliary verb definition, and the examples of do and did. Check the auxiliary concept to know more on this topic.

Students will also come across:

  • Use of did and do.
  • Application of Do sentences examples and did sentences examples.
  • Difference between do and did
  • The common mistakes while using them in a sentence.

Each concept is explained to class 1 English students using examples, illustrations, and concept maps. After you go through a concept, assess your learning by solving the two printable worksheets given at the end of the page.

Download the auxiliary verbs worksheet and check your answers with the worksheet solutions provided in PDF format.

Definition:

  • Auxiliary verbs can describe both singular and plural nouns.
  • Auxiliaries are also known as helping verbs. They give more information about the main verb.
  • ‘Do’, ‘does’, and ‘did’ are the auxiliary verbs that describe an event or action that can be in the present or in the past. We can also refer to them as ‘do-verbs’.
auxiliary verbs in English chart

In this lesson, we will learn about ‘do’ and ‘did’.

  1. The use of ‘do’:
    • We use ‘do’ with plural nouns and pronouns like ‘we’, ‘they’.
    • We can make a statement by using ‘do’ in a sentence.
    • Note: Statements are sentences that talk about facts, ideas, or opinions. They don’t ask questions, make requests or give advice.

    • Questions can be made with the word ‘do’. It is added at the start of the question.
    • We can use ‘do’ when we talk about an incident or an action that happens in the present or happens regularly.
    • Examples:

      As statements

       use of do in sentences
    • In the first sentence, ‘do’ is used to talk about plural nouns (Rakul and Nayan), and in the second sentence, it is used with the plural pronoun ‘they’.

    As a questions

    Use of do in questions

    Add ‘do’ before a statement to make it a question, and place a question mark at the end of the sentence.

  2. The Use of ‘did’:
    • The word ‘did’ is used with both singular and plural nouns and pronouns.
    • ‘Did’ is used to describe an action that already happened in the past.
    • Add ‘did’ before a statement to ask a question.
    • Whenever we use ‘did’ in a sentence, the main verb doesn’t have ‘ed’ or ‘d’ at the end of the word.
    • Examples:

      As statements

      use did in statements
    • The above sentences describe an action that occurred in the past. Therefore, we used ‘did’ in the sentences.
    • ‘Did’ can be used with singular and plural nouns and pronouns. In the first sentence, the action was done by a singular person (singular pronoun ‘I’), and in the second one, the action was done by more than one person (plural pronoun ‘we’).

    As a question:

    a) Statement: You ate your breakfast?
    Question: Did you eat your breakfast?

    How to use did in statement and questions.
    use did in statement and questions examples

    b) Statement: Suraj and his mother visited a doctor.
    Question: Did Suraj and his mother visit a doctor?

    Notice the word ‘did’ is added at the beginning of a statement, and the question mark is added at the end of the sentence.

How to Make Negative Sentences with ‘do’, and ‘did’?

In order to make a negative sentence with the help of ‘do’ and ‘did’, one has to add ‘not’ after the auxiliary verb.

Example:

DoDid
Statement: I do not want to miss the train.Statement: We did not fight with them.
Question: Do they not want to play football?Question: Did you not attend the class yesterday?

Exception:

We can also use ‘do’ with the singular pronoun ‘I’ and the pronoun ‘you’ even though it denotes a singular person.

Example:

Use of do and did exceptions

Do and did chart
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