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Romina Banoo
Posted: Monday, June 11, 2018 8:02:13 AM

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"I did cleaned the room"

I read somewhere that here , did means that we wanna emphasis . Is it right?

And if it is , which one is correct ?
1)I do am a good student

2)I am do a good student

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Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Monday, June 11, 2018 8:26:14 AM

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It's

"I DID clean the room." ("I cleaned the room." with no emphasis.)

"I AM a good student." (With the stress in intonation for the word AM.)
"I do am a good student." is grammatically ok, but it sounds a bit odd.


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Romany
Posted: Monday, June 11, 2018 8:42:14 AM
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I think it might be better to forget you read that. You may have been in a hurry and didn't read the whole explanation, or you misinterpreted it.

It is certainly NOT a rule in English that putting an extra "did" or "do" will emphasise your point. So dismiss that idea.Not talking

What you might have been reading is something about "contracted" forms.

In English we don't say "I am going to the shop." "I will see you tomorrow." "He is coming over. "

Instead we say: "I'm going to the shop." "I'll see you tomorrow." "He's coming over ."

BUT

When we do want to emphasise something we might spell it out in full and stress it as we say it. It's usually when we are responding to a negative proposition. e.g.

"You never go and get my shopping for me any more."
"I am going to the shop." (I'm on my way out of the door, just to fetch your shopping."

"Hope we meet tomorrow. But I know you're busy and might not make it."
"I will see you tomorrow." (I don't care how busy I'll be, I've made up my mind that we'll meet.)

"Why doesn't Jordan come over to visit us any more?"
"He is coming over." (Of course he still visits, in fact he's going to be here soon.)

So, what you may have read was a sentence like this, but using "did" instead of "am", "will" or "is" as I've done here. That might have been how the mix-up happened?




Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Monday, June 11, 2018 12:42:00 PM

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I think a conversation like the one following demonstrates when the 'did' is added for emphasis.

Mom, using a stern voice: I asked you to clean up the mess this morning.
Son, attempting to defend himself: I DID clean it up -- Mary saw me do it -- you can ask her!

The longer version:
Mom, reminding son of his duties: I asked you to clean up that mess.
Son, simply responding: I cleaned it up right away.
Then, not being convinced, Mom continues:
Mom, using a stern voice: It doesn't look cleaned up to me. Why didn't you do it?
Son, attempting to defend himself: I DID clean it up -- Mary saw me doing it -- you can ask her!

(Perhaps not the best example of a conversation, and it is exaggerated a bit to make my point. Mom is much nicer that she appears to be here. :-) )




leonAzul
Posted: Monday, June 11, 2018 7:35:12 PM

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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:

"I do am a good student." is grammatically ok, but it sounds a bit odd.


Sorry, but this one doesn't pass muster. (He said with a wink and a nod to military jargon Whistle )

The grammatically correct version would be "I DO be a good student", but that would only make sense in a satirical sort of way, or perhaps in memory of this series of television broadcasts that were popular in the 1960s.

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