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Do - Does - Did - Done
You do an exam. But there are no easy rules to follow. We always use do to describe indefinite activities, often with what , thing , anything , nothing , etc and generally speaking we also use do to talk about duties, jobs or leisure activities. Look at the following examples:. He just sat there.
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When 'do' or 'make' are used as main verbs it can be confusing to ESL learners. The verb 'make' goes with some words and the verb 'do' with other words. Use the verb 'do' when speaking about things in general. In other words, to describe an action without saying exactly what the action is. This form is often used with the words 'something, nothing, anything, everything, etc. I'm not doing anything today.
When we use do and make with noun phrases, do focuses on the process of acting or performing something, make emphasises more the product or outcome of an action:. When I was [action] doing the calculations, I [outcome] made two mistakes. I [action] did some work for her last summer; I [outcome] made a pond in her garden. Examples of nouns used with do and make Nouns which combine with do activity. I do the shopping on Fridays usually. They made me an interesting offer of a job in Warsaw.
We sometimes use the verb DO to replace a verb when the meaning is clear or obvious. This replacement is more common in informal spoken English:. To make a question in the Simple Present Tense in English we normally put the auxiliary Do or Does at the beginning of the question before the subject. You will see that we add DO at the beginning of the affirmative sentence to change it into a question. We use Do when the subject is I , you , we or they. When the subject is he , she or it , we add DOES at the beginning to make the affirmative sentence a question.