Name of grammatical construction "Do ...?"

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Name of grammatical construction "Do ...?"

Unread postby sifaka » 07 Oct 2008, 16:29

I have to explain to my students why we say "She has a brown jacket." (We use the verb to have in third person present tense.) But we say "Does she have a brown jacket?" (We use the infinitive to have because it's a question.) What is the name for the grammatical construction "Do you +infinitive?" and "Does he +infinitive?" What do we call it?
It happens with future questions too: "Are you going to +infinitive?", and "Will they +infinitive?". What is that structure called? How can I best explain it to them? They are Spanish speakers.
Many thanks,
Matt
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Re: Name of grammatical construction "Do ...?"

Unread postby Rina » 08 Oct 2008, 09:16

Hi

I tell my students: He, she , it a s must fit.
If we have a question we must use does with he , she, it . Since there is a s in does we don't a onther s !
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Re: Name of grammatical construction "Do ...?"

Unread postby sifaka » 10 Oct 2008, 21:21

Thank you Rina!
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