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Verb - to do

This is a strange verb. You can 'do' homework, washing-up, make-up, crossword and other things. All of them 'look' different. 

She is doing homework
He is washing up
They are doing their make-up





Present tense - do

'Do' is very useful verb to use in a question because it is a general verb to get to a specific verb. For example:

A: What are you doing?

B1: I'm doing my homework.

B2: I am doing the washing-up.

B3: I'm having dinner

Let's break it down.

Subject + present tense verb + nounnoun phrase

She does her homework.

I do my homework. 

He does his homework.

You do your homework.

It does its homework.

Note that the subjects (he, she and it) change the verb so there is an 'es' at the end. 


A: What does she do every night?

B: She does her homework. 

Past tense - did

Let's break it down.

Subject + past tense verb + nounnoun phrase

She did the washing-up.

I did the washing-up 

He did the washing-up.

You did the washing-up.

It did the washing-up.

They did the washing-up.


A: What did they do last week?

B: They did all their homework. 

Continuous tense - doing

Let's break it down.

Subject + verb 'be' + continuous verb + nounnoun phrase

We are doing nothing.

I am doing nothing. 

She is doing nothing.

He is doing nothing.

You are doing nothing.

It is doing nothing.

They are doing nothing.


A: What are you doing?

B: I'm doing the housework. 

A: Are you doing anything special?

B: Not really. I'm doing the dishes.   

A: What is your sister doing? 

B: She is doing her make-up.

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