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    did you manage/did you managed

    Which one is right? "did you manage" or "did you managed"

    Example: Did you manage/managed to get the ball

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    Re: did you manage/did you managed

    Which one do you think is correct? Have you checked a grammar book?
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: did you manage/did you managed

    NOT A TEACHER

    Did you manage to get the ball?
    Did you managed to get the ball?

    Which do you find ungrammatical?

    Also, don't forget to end every sentence with the relevant punctuation mark (full stop, question mark, exclamation mark).

    Edit. Cross-posted with emsr2d2.

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    Re: did you manage/did you managed

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Which one do you think is correct? Have you checked a grammar book?
    How can I check this particular question in a grammar book?

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    Re: did you manage/did you managed

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    NOT A TEACHER

    Did you manage to get the ball?
    Did you managed to get the ball?

    Which do you find ungrammatical?

    Also, don't forget to end every sentence with the relevant punctuation mark (full stop, question mark, exclamation mark).

    Edit. Cross-posted with emsr2d2.
    I am unsure, that is why I am asking in this forum.

    I did search in google before posting in this forum.

    "did you managed" in quotes has 11,900,000 results in google search
    "did you manage" in quotes has 40,900,000 results in google search

    I guess "did you manage" is the more popular version that is commonly used or the right one. I want to know if "did you managed" is also correct?

    I do try to figure out things by myself but I can't understand what is right and that is why I am posting in this forum, maybe your native language is English, that is why you find that I am asking silly questions. Instead of posting my question back to me, why not just enlighten me by answering my question? Thanks

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    Re: did you manage/did you managed

    Quote Originally Posted by goodstudent View Post
    I want to know if "did you managed" is also correct?
    "did you managed" is ungrammatical. The Google search engine is by no means an authority on the English language. If you use it to check certain structures, use it with caution. Google Books on the other hand is a much more reliable source:

    "did you manage" = 549,000 hits
    "did you managed" = 1 hit (which is a typo)
    Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 21-Oct-2012 at 13:31. Reason: rewrite

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    Re: did you manage/did you managed

    Googling something is a way to get a good idea of what might be right or wrong but it can be confusing as you can find many examples of incorrect language on Google.

    If you are trying to find information on a grammar structure, Google the actual grammar structure you are having a problem with. For example, I Googled "past tense interrogative" and this was one of the hits: Simple Past in English: English Grammar: How to form and Use the Simple Past for regular and irregular verbs If you scroll down to "Simple Past, Regular Verbs" and then look at the interrogative, you will find your answer.

    I do not think your questions are silly at all. However, this forum is not intended to simply supply the correct answers to questions. Are you studying English at formal classes? Are you studying using a textbook?
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    Re: did you manage/did you managed

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Are you studying English at formal classes? Are you studying using a textbook?
    I am not studying English now. I did pass my English exams some years ago but I am not fluent in English now because it is not my native language that I use everyday.

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    Re: did you manage/did you managed

    Quote Originally Posted by goodstudent View Post
    I am not studying English now. I did pass my English exams some years ago but I am not fluent in English now because it is not my native language that I use everyday.
    The best way to keep up your English standard then is to read as much as possible as well as listening to the radio and watching films and TV in English. Read good quality newspapers and magazines. The internet is great but there's a lot of terrible English on it. The more you read, watch and listen, the more you will hear the correct use of the language (bearing in mind that films and TV might use slang and other non-standard language).

    As far as getting answers to specific grammar problems goes, I'm not asking you not to use this forum for that purpose, simply to spend plenty of time trying to find out/work it out for yourself first. With Google, as I said before, it's better to search for the particular grammar construction by name, not just a string of words. You weren't specifically having a problem with "did you manage/did you managed" - presumably your confusion would have been the same regardless of what verb you were using, ie you would not have known if it was "Did you close/did you closed" or "Did you listen/did you listened" etc. What you had a problem with was the correct construction for asking a question using a past tense. The logical thing to Google was "past tense interrogative".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: did you manage/did you managed

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, I have good news and bad news.

    1. First, the bad news: many learners say things such as:

    Did you managed to get the ball?
    Did you saw the car?
    Did Tom ate dinner?

    2. Now the good news: You will never make this mistake again if you follow one super easy rule.

    a. Simply memorize this sentence: After do/ does/ did, you always (no exceptions!) use the so-called "base form" of the verb.

    (That is, when you look in a dictionary, you look for "speak," not "spoke" or "speaking." "Speak" is called the base form.)

    b. Thus:

    Did you manage to get the ball?
    Did you see the car?
    Did Tom eat dinner?

    Does Mona speak French?


    3. It is only my (repeat: my) guess that some learners mistakely use the past tense after "did" because they think:

    "Did" is the past tense. So I guess that I need to use the past tense of the verb.

    But one should not! (Using the past tense there is one way that other people know that you are not a native speaker! I have heard people who speak English very well but still make that one mistake. They had come to this country as children and learned English, but they were unable to make that rule an automatic part of their speech.)



    James

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