Teaching Verb DO

Last time we studied the structure of the main basic verb: Be.

Today we will deal with the verb Do.

DO as a Helping Verb and DO as a Regular Verb

The verb Be that we studied last time can function as a Helping Verb in Progressive Tenses or as a Linking Verb meanig להיות.

The verb Do can also function as a Helping Verb in Simple Tenses (Present Simple and Past Simple – Interrogative and Negative Forms). The verb Do can also function as a Regular Verb meaning לעשות.

Unlike Be, Do can be conjugated in all the tenses, just like any regular verb.

Structure

The structure may seem confusing in Present and Past Simple since we have a combination of DO as a Helping Verb and DO as a Regular Verb.

Do you do your homework every day?

Does your sister do her homework every day?

Did you do your homework last night?

And the same will happen in the Negative Form.

Another problem is that Do and Make mean the same, but sometimes we must use make and sometimes we must use do.

 We use DO for:

Work, Jobs and Tasks

do the housework

do the homework

do a good job

do an exercise

do a project

Non Specific Activities:

do something

do everything

do nothing

Common Expressions with DO:

do a favor

do your hair

do the dishes

do the laundry

do your best

do well

We use MAKE for:

Food and Drink

make a cake

make lunch

make a cup of tea

Products, Origin

made of gold

made in the USA

made by me

Words and Sounds

make noise

make a suggestion

make a comment / speech

Plans and Decisions

make a decision

make a choice

make a plan

Common Expressions with Make:

make you happy

make you smile

make a bet

make a call

make a mistake

make a change

make a living

make your mind up

   and that’s all for today.

For further details, please see:

דקדוק אנגלי לדוברי עברית, p 51 – 55.

For practice, please see: 

The New Language Guidebook and Workbook,

p 37, ex 2.

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