Formal alternative to “that’ll do”

I use “that’ll do” in circumstances where I acknowledge that something is sufficient. What is a formal alternative for this phrase, that can take place in a formal letter or a conversation ? Context: There’s a party that asked for a couple of screenshots from my PC. I have the screenshots but due to a … Read more

Can “does” be contracted?

In conversation sometimes I’ll say something like this: What’s that do? which uses “s” as a contraction for “does”. Is this a “real” contraction, or is it incorrect usage of a contraction? Answer According to Merriam-Webster and, “what’s” is short for: “what is” (What’s the matter?) “what has” (What’s happened to the car?) “what … Read more

Should there be a ‘do’ here? – “Trying to figure out what (do) I enjoy doing.”

Should there be a ‘do’ in this sentence? “Trying to figure out what (do) I enjoy doing.” Thank you in advance! Answer The phenomenon you’re asking about is Do-support. It happens with questions when there’s no other auxiliary, but not with embedded clauses, even when they would seem like they would be questions: I enjoy … Read more

What Does He Do

I’m teaching conversational English to ESL students in Korea, but I don’t have a strong background in grammar. I can tell them how we say things, but cannot always explain why it is that way. Today, one student asked about the phrase: “What does he do?” They wanted to know why we use “do” at … Read more

What is the purpose of (-s) in “Don’t hurts us”?

Shouldn’t verbs after “to do” always be infinitive? If so, then what’s the purpose of adding the suffix “-s” ? Image from Middle Earth- Shadow of Mordor || Gollum says: Don’t hurts us! Answer Gollum’s speech is consistently shown as non-standard. He regularly adds an additional “-es” to already plural words (eg “pocketses”). This is … Read more

When is it appropriate to use “did + verb” in a who-question?

I know that one can say “I did take the money” in order to stress the action. For instance, “You didn’t take the money, did you?” – “I did take the money! I told you already so many times.” But when is it allowed in who-questions, e.g. “Who did take the money?” Answer Bruce: The … Read more

Does imperative emphatic sentence work?

I am from Singapore. I have heard many Singaporeans use imperative sentences with emphatic ‘do’ when they make requests or ask for something to be done a certain way. For example, they would say something like: -Do get back to me once you have seen my email. -Do take a seat and we will get … Read more

“Do forgive me”

Good morning everyone, I am an English learner and I am reading “Dracula” by Bram Stoker. I have a little question regarding this sentence: “Oh, do forgive me for being so rude” pronounced by Jonathan. What’s the difference between the same sentence without the verb “do“? I mean “Oh, do forgive me for being so … Read more

Why the phrase “That this House do now adjourn” contains “do” and not “does”?

In the UK parliament and also many other parliaments, there is an adjournment debate. It is a debate on the motion, "That this House do now adjourn." I assume that this is an example of using "do" (or "does" in 3rd person singular) in a positive sentence for emphasis. The phrase "That this House do … Read more