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Concept: Learn More about Does, Do, & Did

About do, does, and did:

The words ‘do’, ‘does’ and ‘did’ are all forms of the verb ‘to do’. They fall under auxiliary verbs.

Examples :

  1. Do you live in Mumbai?
  2. Does he live with you?
  3. Did he meet you?
  • Now, ‘do’ has three forms. They are do, does and did.
  • All of these three forms are used in different contexts. Let’s take a look at them.

A) Do

  • We use ‘do’ only in the present and future tense and when the subject is plural. Also, it is used with pronouns ‘I’, ‘you’, ‘they’, ‘we’ and plural nouns.
  • The word ‘do’ is used to ask questions about present or future actions.

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B) Does

  • Similar to ‘Do’, we use ‘Does’ with a simple present tense. It is used when the subject is singular. It is also used with third person pronouns he, she and it.

Examples :


C) Did

  • ‘Did’ is the past tense of ‘do’. We use it when we need to talk about something that happened in the past.

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The Negative Forms of Do, Does, and Did

The negative forms of ‘do’, ‘does’, and ‘did’ are very easy. You just have to add the word ‘not’ after the ‘do’ word. The word ‘do’ becomes ‘do not’, ‘did’ becomes ‘did not’ and ‘does’ becomes ‘does not’.

Examples :

  1. I did not buy anything from the shop.
  2. Who does not love holidays?
  3. I do not like chicken.

Common Mistake

The word ‘Do’ is used to give an order to somebody, but never use ‘does’ to give an order. It is wrong.

Examples :

Do as I say.

Does as I say.

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