English for Intermediate Students - CEFR B2 - Lesson 20 of 25

Do as a Replacement Verb

Read and listen to four conversations using the grammar.

Conversation 1

Man: Did you finish the report yet?
Woman: Yes, I did it yesterday.
Man: What about the slide presentation?
Woman: I have not done that yet. I will try to do it today.
Man: Okay, but please do it soon. We need it.
Woman: I'm on it.

Conversation 2

Man: Have you paid the electricity bill?
Woman: No. I thought you were going to do it?
Man: No. You said you were going to do it.
Woman: All right, I will do it tomorrow.
Man: Never mind, I'll do it.
Woman: Listen, I said I will do it, all right?

Conversation 3

Man: What do you do on the weekend?
Woman: I usually go to the gym.
Man: Oh? What do you do for a workout?
Woman: I usually lift weights.
Man: I do too.
Woman: What do you do for cardio?
Man: I run twice a week.
Woman: I do too. We have similar workout routines. We should work out together.
Man: Sounds good. Let's do it.

Conversation 4

Man: Have you walked the dog?
Woman: Yes, I did it this morning.
Man: Did you empty the cat litter box?
Woman: No, I haven't done that yet. Should I do it now?
Man: No, it's okay. I can do it.
Woman: Thanks. It slipped my mind.
Man: No worries. I just better do it soon, so the cats don't get angry.

Do as a Replacement Verb

Point 1: The verb ‘do’ is used to replace a previously spoken verb. It is used like a pronoun for nouns.
  1. I forgot to feed the cat. Can you do it?
  2. I bought this book. Joe did, too.
  3. I asked you to mail the letter. Have you done it yet?
  4. We bought a bike for our kids. My sister did the same.
Point 2: The verb ‘do’ needs to be accompanied with a matching pronoun ‘it’ or ‘them’ for the object.
  1. I cook eggs on the stove. My wife does them in the oven.
  2. Have you washed the dishes? If not, I will do them.
  3. I could not write the letter in Spanish, so my friend did it for me.
  4. With a calculator, you do not need to add numbers in your head because it does it for you.
Point 3: Tense and Form - The verb ‘do’ can take various forms: do, did, does, doing, done.
  1. My wife practices yoga. I do it too, sometimes.
  2. She has not done her homework. I have not done it either.
  3. She washed the car, but I already did it yesterday.
  4. She knows it is bad to drink soda, but she does it anyway.
  5. I lent him money once, but I am not doing it again.
Point 4: The verb ‘do’ is often used to answer a question, especially with ‘who’, but it is not needed.
  1. Who can pick up the kids?
    I can do it.
    I can.
  2. Who will cook dinner?
    Dad is doing it.
    Dad is.
  3. Who made this mess?
    Joe did it.
  4. Who killed the cook?
    The butler did it!
    The butler.
Answer these questions about the interview.


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