Do

DO

Present: Do, does. Preterit: Did.

  • We use it to form questions and negative sentences (except with auxiliaries or modals).

            Ex: Why does she go now? I don’t know.

  • In affirmative sentences, we use it to insist :Ex : I do understand. (Je comprends tout à fait)
  • We use it in short answers.Ex: Do you know him? Yes, I do.

Do or make?

  • Do” can be translated by “faire” in French.Ex: What are you doing? Que fais-tu?

Some expressions: do the shopping, do one’s room, do the ironing, do sports etc.

  • Make” can also be translated by “faire” but when it means “fabriquer”.Ex: I’ll make a cake. Je vais faire un gâteau.

Some expressions: make noise, make a bed, make a mistake, make efforts, make a decision etc.

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