Do Vs Does: What are the Uses of Do and Does?

Which is Plural – Do or Does? How can you use Do or Does in a Question? What are the Do Verb Forms? What are the Do, Does, Did Rules?

We have often got confused while using do and does in a sentence. English grammar is a tricky subject and when and where to use verbs, adverbs, adjectives, etc can be an issue. There are questions that have troubled many of us like what are the uses of do and does in a sentence, and how do you use do and does in sentence? Is does used with singular or plural? Today in this article we will explore these areas and find the solutions to the correct usage of do and does. Scroll down for the answers.

1. How do you use Do and Does in Sentence?

Take a look at the examples to know how do you use do and does in a sentence.

Example of Do –

  • Do you have a pen? I do have a pen.
  • I do not know her.
  • Do me a favor.
  • Do they live in this town?
  • You do your homework.
  • I do have knowledge of medieval history.

Example of Does –

  • Does she know you? She does not/doesn’t know me.
  • It does not work.
  • He does know the truth.

In the next point, we will explain the uses of do and does. (See What are SWABIs in Grammar?)

2. What are the Uses of Do and Does?

Do indicates the completion or accomplishment of action or command. You can use do for asking a question. Do has different forms like does, doesn’t/does not, did, didn’t/did not. Do is used for plural subjects like we and they, however, do is also used with you. And does is for singular subjects like he, she, it. The following are the uses of do and does:

  • We do not visit him anymore.
  • They do not have permission to come here.
  • He does not attend classes these days.
  • She does not pray to God.
  • It doesn’t stand on its own.
  • You do not/don’t need to cook.

3. Is Does used with Singular or Plural?

We hope you are now thorough with the uses of do and does. We have often got confused and questioned, is does used with singular or plural? Does is used with singular noun forms and third person singular pronouns like he, she, it.

Example: 

  • Does Neha go to church?
  • He does not have a car.
  • That dog does not bark.
  • The machine does the work for us.

4. Which is Plural – Do or Does?

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After learning the uses of do and does, answering this question will be an easy one. We use do with pronouns like you, we, and they and plural noun forms. Some of the plural nouns are teachers, schools, babies, children, ships, etc. Must see What is the plural of leaf? Is it leafs or leaves?

Examples of do with plural noun are:

  • We do not wash clothes.
  • Do children go to school?
  • Babies do not like outsiders.
  • Nowadays, sailors don’t come here for drinks.
  • Teachers do not come to school on second Saturdays.
  • You do not have the license to drive the car
  • Mothers do not send their kids to this school anymore.

5. How can you use Do or Does in a Question?

Examples of using do or does in a question: 

  • Do you know what is the past tense of Beat?
  • Does she play music in the theatre?
  • Do they have her number?

6. What is the Past Tense of Do?

The past tense of do is did.

Examples: 

  • Did you find the books on my desk?
  • She did not see him in the school
  • They did sing in the classroom

7. Which of Do or Does is used with Anyone?

Do is used with plural nouns, and with pronouns like I, you, we, and they. And Does is used with singular nouns, and with pronouns like he, she, and it. So, does is used with anyone. (See What is the Past Tense of Draw?)

8. Which is Correct – Does All or Do All?

Do all is mostly used.

Examples: –

  • Why did you do all that work by yourself?
  • You do all the homework and go to sleep.
  • Well, do all of you live in that same building?

9. Which of Do or Does is used with Everybody?

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Everybody is an indefinite pronoun. And in most cases, the indefinite pronouns are singular. However, there are indefinite pronouns like a few, and many, which are counted as plural. Does is used with everybody.

Example: Everybody does not go to the lake. Must read Are Vs Is? How to Differentiate?

10. Which is Correct – Do Any or Does Any?

Depends on the subject.

Example: Do any theories work for her? Does any theory work for her? Both are correct.

However, do will be used with a plural subject and does with a singular subject. (See Which is Correct? Families or Family’s)

11. What are the Do Verb Forms?

Do is a form of an irregular verb. There are three main forms of do – Do, Did, and Done.

Does is also an irregular verb(in the singular form) and used in the simple present tense verb.

Example: Will you do your homework now? Does she play in that club?

12. What are the Do, Does, Did Rules?

Rules for Do: 

  • Do(auxiliary verb) + Subject (I/You/We/They) + verb in base form (example go, want, like, etc)
  • Example: Do they like her?

Rules for Does: 

  • Does(auxiliary verb) + Subject(he/she/it) + verb in base form.
  • Example: Does she speak English? Does it work?

Rules for Did: 

  • Did(auxiliary verb)(do in past form) + Subject(I, you, he/she/it, we/they) + verb in base form(present form)
  • Example: Did I miss something? Did he like the guitar that I sent to him? Did we take the wrong route? Did you come to the party? Must See What are the Words that are both Nouns and Verbs?
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