Most Common English Words (no. 19)
“Do” is a verb with a lot of usages. First, as a helping verb, it is used in questions:
- Where do you work?
- Doesn’t he look very happy these days?
Second, it is used as the main verb in tag questions:
- You understand, don’t you?
- We see each other yesterday, did we?
Third, it can be used to mean “to perform” or “take part in”:
- I have many things to do today.
- I think you can do this on your own.
Fourth, it can be used to mean “to act”:
- The students did everything their teacher said.
- You did the right thing by telling the truth.
Fifth, it can be used to mean “to make, produce, or create”:
- I have to do my homework tonight.
- I’m doing a special projects because my grades are bad.
Finally, “do” can be used to mean “to clean” or “to make something look nice”:
- I will do the dishes after dinner.
- My friend did my hair because I’m going to a party.