do you? do we? does she? does he? Learning about the English word DO
do be do be do English is one of only THREE languages that uses the verb to do in the following ways: Do you like sandwiches? Does she watch reality TV often? Do we really need to go see Catching Fire a seventh time? Do they have aquatic marmots at their pet store?
do/does as a question In these questions, what is the important verb? Do you like sandwiches? Does she watch reality TV often? Do we really need to go see Catching Fire a seventh time? Do they have aquatic marmots at their pet store? what are the verbs? do/like does/watch do/see do/have
to do vs. the world Of those verb duos, the first verbs matter very little. The second verbs are the verbs we pay attention to We (as English speakers) recognize do or does as question words when they come at the beginning of a sentence That’s all they are for us– indicators.
do to the do However, we have lots of verbal phrases using to do to do homework to do the dishes to do the laundry to do one’s best
replacing do Many times, verbal phrases using to do can be replaced by a more descriptive infinitive/verbal phrase to do homework/to study to do the dishes/to wash the dishes to do the laundry/to wash clothes to do one’s best…
faire je fais tu fais il/elle fait nous faisons vous faites ils/elles font
Qu’est-ce que tu fais ? What are you doing? faire here is a placeholder for a better verb!!
Qu’est-ce que tu fais maintenant? What are you doing now? J’étudie. Je regarde la présentation. Je fais des notes.
verbal phrases with faire faire les devoirs- to do homework faire un match – to play a match faire du shopping – to go shopping faire des bêtises – to do silly things faire la tête – to pout faire la fête – to party, celebrate faire l’enfant – to act like a child (in a bad way) faire le linge – to do the laundry faire la vaisselle – to do the dishes
with verbal phrases-- conjugate the verb Verbal phrases must be conjugated!! Correct: Je fais les devoirs = I’m doing homework WRONG: Je faire les devoirs = I to do the homework faire = to do, to make je faisnous faisons tu faisvous faites il/elle faitils/elles font
Using faire and another verb This is wrong. Don’t do it. There is something called the faire causatif, or the causative faire. It expresses the idea of making something happen. But, you won’t learn how to do that for a few more semesters. So DON’T PUT A VERB AFTER FAIRE. Please.
The bottom line… When faire is used in a question, you do not have to repeat it in your answer! Sometimes, it will be appropriate to use faire, as with verbal phrases. However, the following should be avoided at all costs: Je fais mange.WRONG!! Je fais suis.WRONG!! Je fais nager.WRONG!! Je fais danser.WRONG!!
this is what Mme H thinks when you use faire incorrectly-
and when you use it correctly… You go, girl. You go.
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