Do, Does and Did

On this page, you’ll discover how these words help you form questions and negatives in sentences. 

1. Introducing “Do,” “Does,” and “Did”

  • Imagine having a magnifying glass that lets you dig deeper into sentences. “Do,” “Does,” and “Did” are like your detective words—they help you ask questions and create negatives.
  • Did is the simple past tense of do and does
  • You can also use do, does and did as helping verbs to ask and answer questions

2. Positive Sentences

When you want to make positive statements, use the regular verb form.


I do my homework every day.

She does her chores on weekends.

3. Negative Sentences

To make a negative sentence, add “not” after “do” or “does.”


They do not like broccoli. (or They don’t like broccoli.)

He does not play the piano. (or He doesn’t play the piano.)

4. Questions

To ask questions, start with “do” or “does,” followed by the subject and the base form of the verb.


Do you enjoy reading books?

Does she dance at the recital?

5. Practice Time

Practice using your detective words in sentences.

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