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    Question English Grammar Question!

    What is the difference between these two questions:

    When was he born?
    When did he die?

    Why do we use the verb to be with born and the other with did?
    What is the explanation to this?

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    Default Re: English Grammar Question!

    Quote Originally Posted by beautyspot85 View Post
    What is the difference between these two questions:

    When was he born?
    When did he die?

    Why do we use the verb to be with born and the other with did?
    What is the explanation to this?
    Welcome to the forum!
    In the first question we have the verb "to be born" in the past and in the second one we have "to die". The past of "to be born" is "was born" and the verb "to die" forms questions in the past with the help of "did".
    That's why we have what we have: When was he born?
    When did he die?

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