I need help on the following sentences.
1) Ada isn't going to win .
1a) Ada doesn't be going to win .
2) Is Ada going to win ?
2b) Does Ada be going to win ?
I found these sentences above in the Comprehensive grammar book of the English language by Longman.
What do the sentences 1a and 2b mean in English grammar?
Auxiliary do (do, does, did) is never used with the verb be.
1) Ada isn't going to win. Fine.
X 1a) Ada doesn't be going to win. Very bad.
2) Is Ada going to win? Fine.
X 2b) Does Ada be going to win? Very bad
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Don't be a fool!
Yikes! That's right.
Is the imperative the only exception?
As far as I know, yes.
Doesn't is the short form of "Does not".
Well, then there's the Frank Sinatra exception: