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    in mind

    Did you have anything in mind for Helen's present?

    I found the above sentence as a sample sentence in a dictionary. I wonder why "did" is used instead of "do". Anyone knows?

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    Re: in mind

    With no other context, it's hard to tell.

    However, my guess is that the sentence is part of a dialogue where Helen's present has been previously discussed. The person asking the question has no idea what the present might be, and is asking the other one for his/her ideas.

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    Re: in mind

    Quote Originally Posted by Jiayun View Post
    Did you have anything in mind for Helen's present?

    I found the above sentence as a sample sentence in a dictionary. I wonder why "did" is used instead of "do". Does anyone know?


    Both did and do are acceptable.

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    Re: in mind

    Quote Originally Posted by Jiayun View Post
    Did you have anything in mind for Helen's present?

    I found the above sentence as a sample sentence in a dictionary. I wonder why "did" is used instead of "do". Anyone knows?

    Thanks!

    JY

    I'd say they both imply different meanings.


    'Did you' sounds like he's asking if he had thought of something earlier, while 'do you' sounds like he's asking if he's thinking of something at that very moment.





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