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    Exclamation Use of have/had with does/did

    I was presented with the following sentence:
    Did Bob's mother had black hair? Bob's mother did not had black hair.

    Obviously, I suggested that "had" be replaced with "have".

    Later, when thinking about this issue, I could not think of a proper explanation for the same.

    To correct this, you need to consider:
    1. first person, second person, and third person
    2. singular and plurals
    3. Tenses: present, past, present continuous, and past tense
    This sentence follows:
    3rd person - Singular - past tense

    But look at this...
    Bob's mother had black hair
    Bob's mother did not have black hair
    Did Bob's mother have black hair?

    How do i explain the difference?

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    Re: Use of have/had with does/did

    *Did Bob's mother had black hair?

    Does Bob's mother have black hair?
    Did Bob's mother have black hair (then)?
    Has Bob's mother had black hair (in the past)? Present Perfect
    Had Bob's mother had black hair (in the past)? Past Perfekt

    Quite simply put: the Past Participle of 'have is 'had', and to form the Past Perfective Tense, you must use the Simple Past Tense of 'have', which is also 'had', not 'did'.

    No verb in English, nor I doubt in other languages, forms its Past Perfective Tense, should such an animal exist in that language, using the Past Tense of 'do', ie 'did'

    Some verbs used to use the PT of 'be' to form a Past Perfektive Tense, such as 'they were come to end the feud' You can read similar stuff in Charles Dickens' books, but I doubt many modern-day authors would write it like that. German still uses 'war = was' with a lot of verbs to form the Past Perfektive.

    Can't think of an example of was + Past Participle' off the top of my head. Maybe one lurking around somewhere, but it will be very seldom usage.

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    #3

    Re: Use of have/had with does/did

    Quote Originally Posted by priram22 View Post
    I was presented with the following sentence:
    Did Bob's mother had black hair? Bob's mother did not had black hair.

    Obviously, I suggested that "had" be replaced with "have".

    Later, when thinking about this issue, I could not think of a proper explanation for the same.

    To correct this, you need to consider:
    1. first person, second person, and third person
    2. singular and plurals
    3. Tenses: present, past, present continuous, and past tense
    This sentence follows:
    3rd person - Singular - past tense

    But look at this...
    Bob's mother had black hair
    Bob's mother did not have black hair
    Did Bob's mother have black hair?

    How do i explain the difference?
    To put it simply, when we use the auxiliaries does/did the verb remains in the infinitive.
    "Bob's mother has black hair." "Does Bob's mother have black hair?"
    "Bob's mother had black hair." "Did Bob's mother have black hair?"

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