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Is vs Does in question, which has subject in it. (kinda)

Here is my strange question.

What should i use in questions ?

- Is summer hot ?

- Does summer hot ?

Please forgive me my foolishness.

Jul 28, 2016 8:23 PM
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Great question and one that many people find a problem with....try to remember when using the auxillary verbs (is or does) we use am/is/are when we don't have a verb other than "to be"....we use do/does when we have a verb such as walk/read/go....I have shown some examples below.

No verb other than auxillary...

She is a she a teacher?

We are at home....are we at home?

It is Friday...Is it Friday?

With a verb...

We go to school we go to school everyday?

She eats fish on a Friday....Does she eat fish on a Friday? 

He goes to the cinema once a month....does he go to the cinema once a month?

I hope this helps it to be a little clearer for you...practice makes perfect :)

July 28, 2016


I disagree with this part: "Do" is a verb too, but never in the beginning of the question, example: "What do you do?" "What does she do?" 

Actually it is very common for questions to start with ¨do¨.  For example, ¨Do you like tea?¨, ¨Do you want some?¨, ¨Do bees make honey?¨, etc.

July 29, 2016

The first one is the correct way to make the question. "Is summer hot?" "Is your car faster than mine"? "Is the house in the forest? " etc... That's TO BE verb. In the second one, you need the verb to complete and make the question. "Does or Do" are used as auxiliaries tenses to make the simple present. "Does your brother still work in the same hotel?" "Does she speak spanish?" etc... "Do" is a verb too, but never in the beginning of the question, example: "What do you do?" "What does she do?" 

Ambos son tiempos presentes simples, solo que la pregunta con el To Be siempre sera en torno a "ser o estar" claramente, sea tiempo presente o presente continuo. Do/Does, tambien funcionan como auxiliares de presente simple pero no en referencia a lo que se esta haciendo en el momento o al hacer comparaciones, por ejemplo, si está Pedro en casa, o si este árbol es mas grande que el otro. Los auxiliares Do/Does solo te indican un tiempo presente que se ejecuta regularmente en cualquier situación, por ejemplo: "Tu hermano aun trabaja en el hotel?" "Ella habla Inglés?" "Mary conoce a tu hermano?" "Does Mary know your brother?". "Do" tambien es verbo pero cuando comienza la pregunta sólo ocupa la función de auxiliar, por ejemplo: "Que haces para vivr?" "What do you do for living?" 

July 28, 2016

One simple way to know which verb to use is to change the question into a positive, affirmative statement, e.g.

It is hot.... IS it hot?

I read books (I do read books (I do something) ... Do I read books?

Summer IS hot... IS summer hot?


Your question was not foolish.

It was a good question.

I hope I gave you a good answer (Did I give you a good answer? :) 

July 28, 2016

Thank you everyone. :)

I had been having trouble with these common verbs since i started studying.
But now it's gone.  I gave everyone a thumb.

Thank you. :)

July 29, 2016
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