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    why did

    What tense do we use when I want to say

    Why ___ you come here? (The person is still there)


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    #2

    Re: did, do, or...

    Quote Originally Posted by Supachoke View Post
    What tense do we use when I want to say

    Why ___ you come here? (The person is still there)


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    You could use simple past: 'Why did you come here?' I would recommend 'Why have you come here?' present perfect as being more correct, if the person has been continuously present since their arrival.
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 18-Jul-2009 at 09:30.


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    Re: did, do, or...

    Thank you bhaisahab

    .....I want to know more about the use of why. when we use Why did, where is "why" referred to in the time line. Is it referred to the motive while doing that action in the past? For example, the person already came here then I asked why did you come here? Does this mean I only asked the reason while he was doing this action(the motive from the start of action till the end of action any other time is excluded). Am I correct?


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    Re: did, do, or...

    What do you you guys think, am I correct or not? Or usually we don't think that much just think it is in the past?

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    #5

    Re: did, do, or...

    Quote Originally Posted by Supachoke View Post
    What do you you guys think, am I correct or not? Or usually we don't think that much just think it is in the past?
    'Why' doesn't occur on a time line. 'Why' means 'for what reason'. A reason generally doesn't occur on a time line either.
    Actions and thoughts occur on time lines; the reason for actions doesn't.

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