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Using Do and Does

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Use do with the subjects I, we, you and they. Do is usually used to make questions and it comes at the start of a sentence. Do is not used with the verbs be, can, might, ought, shall and will.

Do I have to speak too?
Do we have any milk left?
Do you remember her?
Do they always stay up so late?


Does is the third person singular of did. Use does at the start of questions when the subject is he, she or it.

Does he like Indian food?
Does she live near you?
Does it rain much in winter?

Using do and does with Wh- questions

Use do and does with the seven question words. Question words are what, where, when, which, why, which, why and how. Here are some examples.

Where do you live?
Where does she live?

What languages does he speak?
What languages do they speak?

When do you wake up?
When does he wake up?

How do you use chopsticks?
How do they use chopsticks?

Remember: Use did for the past tense of both did and does.

Now decide if these sentences need do or does:

  • 1) __ they want some more?

  • 2) ___ you want a drink?

  • 3) ___ it always make that noise?

  • 4) What ___ we have to do?

  • 5) How ___ you spell that?

  • 6) Why ___ he keep calling you?

  • 7) Where ___ you go last night

  • 8) Do your family visit you often?

  • 9) Which jacket ___ you like?

  • 10) When ___ it last snow?