VERBS: To do

The Verb “To Do”

The verb to do is another common verb in English. It can be used as an auxiliary and a main verb. It is often used in questions.

Affirmative Negative Interrogative Short answers Short answers
I do I don’t .. Do I .. ? Yes, I do. No, I don’t.
You do You don’t .. Do you ..? Yes, you do. No, you don’t.
He does He doesn’t .. Does he .. ? Yes, he does. No, he doesn’t.
She does She doesn’t .. Does she .. ? Yes, she does. No, she doesn’t.
It does It doesn’t .. Does it .. ? Yes, it does. No, it doesn’t.
We do We don’t .. Do we .. ? Yes, we do. No, we don’t.
You do You don’t .. Do you .. ? Yes, you do. No, you don’t.
They do They don’t .. Do they .. ? Yes, they do. No, they don’t.


The verb “do” is a very important verb. We use it to make the present tense, the present tense negative, and for asking questions.


  • I do many things on the weekend. (present tense, “do” is the main verb)
  • He doesn’t like to study. (present tense negative, “like” is the main verb)
  • Do you want a coffee? (present tense question, “want” is the main verb)


“Do” is often used as a main verb, but only for particular activities, such as housework, cleaning, studying, research, and shopping.


  • I do the dishes every night. (do = wash)
  • She does her grocery shopping at the corner store.
  • They do their homework at home.


The past tense form of “do” is “did.”


  • I did the dishes last night.
  • She did her grocery shopping at Cub.


“Do” is also used for creating emphasis:


  • John said, “You don’t like this very much.”
    Mary answered, “No. I do like it!”

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