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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theydo with
he/she/itdoes with
present participledoing with
past tensedid with
past participledone with
  1. 1
    could do with something spoken used for saying that you want or need something

    I could do with a cup of coffee right now.

    I’m sure James could do with some help.

  2. 2
    have nothing to do with someone
    1. a.
      used for saying that someone or something is not connected with or involved in a particular fact or situation

      I’m quite sure Nancy’s resignation has nothing to do with her health.

      Reynolds has always claimed that he had nothing to do with her disappearance.

    2. b.
      used for saying that something is personal and private and there is no reason for anyone else to know about it

      What I do on my own time has nothing to do with you.

  3. 3
    have (something/anything) to do with
    1. a.
      to be connected with someone or something

      Most of the articles have to do with America’s role in the world since the end of the Cold War.

      Did the dispute have anything to do with safety regulations?

  4. 4
    what does something have to do with...? used for asking, often in an angry way, how two people or things are connected or why someone is interested in something

    What do her personal problems have to do with my vacation plans?

    As a matter of fact I do have a boyfriend, but what does that have to do with you?

  5. 5
    what someone does with something
    1. a.
    2. b.
      used for asking where someone puts something

      “What have you done with my calculator?” “I put it on your desk.”

    3. c.
      used for asking how someone uses something

      What am I going to do with all this food if no one turns up?

  6. 6
    what someone does with themselves used for asking how someone spends their time

    He won’t know what to do with himself while Julie is gone.

    What are you going to do with yourself during summer vacation?

  7. 7
    what is someone doing with something? spoken used for asking why someone has something

    What are you doing with my CD player?

  8. 8
    what someone is going to do with someone spoken used for asking how you are going to make someone behave better

    I don’t know what we’re going to do with you, Tony. You’re always in trouble.

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