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DavidLearn
Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 5:35:31 AM

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Hello teachers,
I think all the answers to the question given are possible. My question is about 'c'. Is the verb 'does' used in the answer as an auxiliary? Is it mandatory to have 'that' at the end of that answer?
How often does he travel to New York?
a) He often travels to New York.
b) He often travels there.
c) He often does.
d) Often.

Thanks.
Gabylys
Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 6:40:05 AM

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Hi!!
Letter "C" is the correct answer...and "does" works as an auxiliary to form a short answer (like "Yes, I do").
You don't need to use "that" at the end of the sentence.
papo_308
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Because the question is "How often...?", a natural answer for me would be e.g. "Once a week."
TheParser
Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 10:15:53 AM
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DavidLearn wrote:
Is the verb 'does' used in the answer as an auxiliary?



Hello, DavidLearn:


May I add my two cents' worth to the excellent answers that you have already received?

As usual, you have asked an excellent question -- the kind that embarrasses me because I cannot immediately answer it. So I had to do some research. May I share the results?

*****

1. If one of your students asked, "Sir, is 'do' in that sentence an auxiliary verb?" I think (think!) that -- for the sake of simplicity -- you would have to answer YES.

2. Then if you had more time, you would elaborate and say that this "dummy" DO stands in place of the main verb.

a. Some books have a word for this substitute verb: pro-verb.

3. When you have time, please google:

Ten things you can do with the verb "do"



Have a nice day!



James
DavidLearn
Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014 1:28:02 AM

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Gabylys wrote:
Hi!!
Letter "C" is the correct answer...and "does" works as an auxiliary to form a short answer (like "Yes, I do").
You don't need to use "that" at the end of the sentence.

Hello Gabylys,
Thank you for your help. I really didn't understand why it did work as an auxiliary verb. But your example, "Yes, I do.", clarifies that completely.

DL
DavidLearn
Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014 1:29:16 AM

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papo_308 wrote:
Because the question is "How often...?", a natural answer for me would be e.g. "Once a week."

Hello papo,
Thank you for your contribution.

DL
DavidLearn
Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014 1:31:42 AM

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TheParser wrote:
DavidLearn wrote:
Is the verb 'does' used in the answer as an auxiliary?



Hello, DavidLearn:


May I add my two cents' worth to the excellent answers that you have already received?

As usual, you have asked an excellent question -- the kind that embarrasses me because I cannot immediately answer it. So I had to do some research. May I share the results?

*****

1. If one of your students asked, "Sir, is 'do' in that sentence an auxiliary verb?" I think (think!) that -- for the sake of simplicity -- you would have to answer YES.

2. Then if you had more time, you would elaborate and say that this "dummy" DO stands in place of the main verb.

a. Some books have a word for this substitute verb: pro-verb.

3. When you have time, please google:

Ten things you can do with the verb "do"



Have a nice day!



James


Hello James,
Thank you for your time and interest. I have looked for that page and it does really help.

Best,
DL
TheParser
Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014 6:13:43 AM
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Thank you, DavidLearn, very much for your kind note. (I think that your students are fortunate to have a teacher who sets such an example of good manners! Something that is sorely lacking in today's world.)
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