But back to the "do" conundrum. You can see from this little history of my exposure of "do" in English that I appreciate more than ever June Casagrande’s column "AWord Please." Sometimes it is a refresher, but often it offers up information that is new--even for those of us who consider ourselves experts. And THAT is a lesson or two all its own. That is, the English language is so complex that we can never know it all, a lesson to keep reading columns (and books!) like that expand our knowledge. But knowing about the “dummy operator” is the kind of thing that makes grammar fun!
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