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Grammar

Simple Present – special usage of “do”

Level: C1

To emphasize the meaning of the verb in the Present Simple Tense, it is possible to use the auxiliary verb do/does also in the affirmative sentence. The sentence then does not change its meaning, it only strengthens it.

I love her.
I do love her.

In oral expression, the main emphasis in the sentence is on the auxiliary verb do/does.

You do look nice today.
He does believe you!

Similar strengthening can be given to imperatives by adding the same auxiliary verb:

Come with us.
Do come with us!

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