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    I did eat all the macaroni

    Good Evening guys,

    I can't remember where I heard that but someone told me that "did eat" was wrong. I didn't know what to say, but I think that it is not. And I can't explain why.
    Why didn't we say "I ate all the macaroni" ? Is this "did eat" a really common (and correct) way to say that you actually ate something ?

    Thanks for you answers,

    Dood.

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    Re: I did eat all the macaroni

    Can you see a difference in these two dialogs?

    A: Hey, is there any broccoli in the house?
    B: Sorry, no. I ate all the broccoli last night.

    Mom: Did you eat your vegetables?
    Kid: Yes.
    Mom: Even your broccoli?
    Kid: Yes, I ate all my broccoli.
    Mom: Really? You really ate it all?
    Kid: Mom! I did eat all my broccoli! I did!
    Last edited by Barb_D; 06-Dec-2010 at 04:22.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: I did eat all the macaroni

    I'm not a teacher but pretty confident I know the answer here.

    both forms are correct but when we want to emphasize something we use do ( and did in your example)

    did/do means something like really.

    I really ate all the maraconi means the same what I did eat all the macaroni.

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    Re: I did eat all the macaroni

    Emphasize ! I think that I got it right, now. Thank you very much to both of you :}
    It was really annoying to know that I was correct without being able to explain why ^^
    Thanks again !

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    Re: I did eat all the macaroni

    Quote Originally Posted by ytq_1 View Post
    I'm not a teacher but pretty confident I know the answer here.

    Both forms are correct but when we want to emphasize something we use do ( and did in your example)

    The words [This isn't the only way, but I wanted to start a sentence with a capital, and didn't want to capitalize 'did' did/do means something like really. So 'I did eat' means 'I really eat'?

    'I really ate all the maraconi' means the same what as 'I did eat all the macaroni'. It depends what you mean by 'mean'
    I imagine this post coincided with Barb's (which was more relaible )

    b

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