Grammar: Using DO and DID to make a strong point in English

Grammar: Using DO and DID to make a strong point in English

Hi, everyone. I’m Alex.
Thanks for clicking, and welcome to this lesson on “Do
and Did in Affirmative Sentences”. So, by this point, you’re probably
familiar with using “do” and “did” in three
different contexts. And specifically, I’m talking about
“do” and “did” as auxiliary verbs. So you can use “do” and “did” most commonly
in questions. So: “Where do you live?”, “Do you like cheese?”
for example. You can also use “do” and
“did” in negatives, so: “I don’t want to do that.”, “He didn’t start
the test on time.” And you can also use it
in short answers, like: “Yes I do.”, “No I don’t.”, “Yes
he did.”, “No she didn’t.” Okay? However, the focus of this lesson is on using
“do” and “did” in affirmative sentences. And it is possible in two different contexts.
So, like the board says, they can also be used in the affirmative to
show, number one, contrast. So if you really want to emphasize a
contrast between two different things, you can use “do” or “did”
in the following way. Check out this example. “He didn’t like the movie,
but he did like the music.” Okay? So if you go to a theatre and
you watch a film, you can say: “Hmm, I didn’t like this,
but I did like this.” So you’re emphasizing a contrast.
You can do this in many contexts. Many things where you have differing opinions
or different feelings about something. If you go to a restaurant,
you can say: “Mm, I didn’t like the food,
but I did like the service.” So, the service was really good,
but the food wasn’t good. So: “I didn’t like this,
but I did like this.”, “I don’t like this,
but I do like this.” or: “I do want this
or need this.” etc. All right, secondly, you can use “do” and “did”
to show emphasize or to give clarification to something. So what I mean by this is if you
are walking through, you know, a department store and, hmm, you’re looking at a refrigerator with
your girlfriend, your boyfriend, your husband, or wife and they’re trying to convince you to
buy this fridge, this new refrigerator. And then you think: “Hmm, we do need a new
fridge.” So, we need a fridge, a new fridge. You can also say: “You know what?
We do need a new fridge.” So you are emphasizing your
need for that refrigerator. You can also clarify: “Hey, why isn’t…?” For
example: -“Why isn’t Mark here?” -“Well, he did say…”
Not just: “He said”, “He did say he was
going to be late.” So, if you’re waiting for Mark, and you know what?
Yeah, he did say that he was going to be late. So you’re clarifying and you’re
emphasizing what he said. Okay? So, just as a reminder, “do” and “did” are not
only for questions, not only for negatives, not only for short answers, but they can also
be used to show contrast and to show emphasis. All right? So, now, you do need to do the quiz to make
sure that you understood this material. So check out that quiz
on And don’t forget to subscribe
to my YouTube channel. See you guys.

83 thoughts on “Grammar: Using DO and DID to make a strong point in English

  1. Thanks! Can i ask u something… Wud u teach me/us the different uses of the word SO… ? Specially when it is use it as a synonimus of "also" or "too" and it is placed in the beginning of the phrase…. Thanks!

  2. Hi Alex, I have a question. Could you please clarify ? He didn't like the movie, but he liked the music. Is this correct ?

  3. I do appreciate this lesson. I was looking for good explanation of various using  DO and DID. Even if I'm not sure wheter using "do" in my first sentence is correct .. Thank you for lesson!

  4. Hi Alex, very nice video! Please, could you make a video stressing the diference between "this" and "that"? My question seems too obvious, but I often hear a lot of native speakers saying "that" when they should be saying "this". Speakers from Great Britain seem to never use "this", they always say "that", whatever the thing referred to is far or close. Thanks for your attention!

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  6. Thank you for the lesson Alex. I've been meaning to find a rule or the ways to use this auxiliary verb. There I have it! Cheers!

  7. Thanks Alex ! it's great ……. After long days we got your video, i miss ur video.
    I hope we will get more video on this month ………… 🙂

  8. I was really surprised by this amazing lesson. thank you …for one month I was wounder why some native English use did or do when there is no question . when English kid came to store to get some drink. store keeper just for making fun said you did not pay ,the kid said I did give you >>>thanks a million I got my answer >>>>>

  9. So, what about if I want to say "He do like music", should I say "He do likes music" or "He does like music"? Thank you!

  10. Hi , Alex. Is it correct to react to " You didn`t like the film or music." with "What? I did like it very much and I did like the music".

  11. hii alex thanx 4 this lesson.i have que for you …in the past, which sentenc going to be right.1when he came to house,was he scared? 2 when he came to house,was he scare?

  12. Dear Alex
    may you help me in this cause
    what the different between ( If you mind ) and ( If you don't mind ) and when we use they
    thank you

  13. Teacher Alex, when someone asks me: "Where did you get this amazing American accent?" Then I reply: "I learned it from teacher Alex on Engvid youtube channel. I do learn a lot with his videos. You do have to watch all of his videos if you want to learn more and get this beautiful American accent (well, I love it!). I'm always hanging around here looking for new lessons.

  14. thanks for your help!!! I only have a question… can I say "I do do my homework" or " I do do my laundry"

  15. Happy Birthday Alex!!!! I send you a big hug!!! God bless you and your family! m missing you, missing the school, I hope to see you soon!

  16. Thank you teacher you're amazing, I have a doubt, could you do one video talking about what is intermediate English? Its so important and useful for me, thanks

  17. sir,, could I add emphasis to the questions and how to add emphasis to any questions???? such as,,, will you do that? so here, is "will" emphasizes or not?????

  18. thanks for the lesson , but what's the name of this grammar , because I saw some examples with more aux like was, will does ,has and even more

  19. I don't like to learn grammar, but I do like your splendid lessons man because you do make it quite valuable.

  20. 2:15 The subtitle of "to show 'emphasize' or to give clarification." Is it should be 'emphasis' ?

  21. Thank you, teacher. I have a question about this lesson. In this sentence:「It was a long tough journey, but we do/did arrive there in the end.」 should I use “do” or “did”. Be waiting for you reply, thank you.

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