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    Default Re: Does/Did

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Both are possible, depending on context.
    Hi

    Could you help to elaborate on what it means by depending on context?

    For example, if I made a mistake five minutes ago, I may say I made a mistake or Ive made a mistake.

    In the context of using Past Tense, even events that happened moments ago, take one minute ago can be considered as Past Tense, am I right?

    Thank you

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    Default Re: Does/Did

    With a mistake which was made quite recently, I would be more likely to say "I have made a mistake" but the longer ago the timescale, the more I would be likely to say "I made a mistake + when I made it".

    - The plural of mouse is mouses.
    - Are you sure?
    - Oh, wait a minute. No! I've made a mistake. It's mice.

    - I made a mistake yesterday.
    - What did you do?
    - I told someone that the plural of mouse is mouses!

    However, as with all "rules", it doesn't always fit. If I were posting on this forum and I realised that there was an error in my last comment, my next one would say "I'm sorry. I made a mistake in my last comment. I should have said ..."

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