Hi guys,

Today I would like to talk about two common mistakes English students make.
Lets talk about some grammar.

First, we always use ‘DO‘ with the BASE FORM.

In a question: Do you have a lot of friends?  (Here, ‘do’ is the helping verb and ‘have’ is the base form.

In a negative: I don’t have a lot of money, though. (Again, ‘don’t’ is the helping verb and ‘have’ is the base form.

 

And with verbs, we always use ‘BE‘ with the present participle (-ING), the past participle (GONE, EATEN, WORKED, etc).

In a complex tense: I am working at a car wash until I find a better job. (Here,am is the helping verb and ‘working‘ is the present participle. This is the present continuous tense.)

In the passive voice: Rice is grown in China. (Again, ‘is‘ is the helping verb and ‘grown‘ is the past participle. This the passive voice.)

 

Okay, now I would like to say this: EVERYTHING ELSE IS WRONG!.. WRONG, WRONG WRONG!
Look at the charts below for more explanation. In the chart we will use the verb ‘GO’

Here is a list of GO in the different verb forms in case you forgot them:
go = base form
went = simple past
gone = past participle
going = present participle

do + BF... Always!

do + ING = NEVER!
do + BF= ALWAYS!

 Do you going to work everyday?  (NEVER CORRECT)

Do you go to work everyday? (CORRECT)

I don’t going to downtown on the weekends.  (NEVER CORRECT)

I don’t go to downtown on the weekends. (CORRECT)

be and BF

be + base form = NEVER!
be + past participle = YES (passive tense)
be + present participle = YES (present continuous)

Are you go to the party tomorrow? (NEVER CORRECT)

Are you going to the party tomorrow. (CORRECT)

Where is Jeff? Is he gone? Yes, he’s gone. (CORRECT)

So now you know. It’s not that hard. Just remember the chart above. If you want to, you can write some practice sentences in the comment box below. See you next time,

Jeff

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