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    #1

    when to use did

    Dear Teacher,


    I have a doubt regarding the use of 'did' and I could you can help me. In the two sentences below could you please explain me which one of them is correct? I think both are correct but I am not sure what is the difference or if with certain verbs you are not suppose to use did?

    Who won the game? or Who did win the game?

    Many thanks

    Victorya

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    Re: when to use did

    Welcome to Using English!

    The normal was to ask this is "Who won the game?"

    You could use the "did' version if you want to be emphatic.

    Did Mary win the game?
    No.
    Did Jim win the game?
    No.
    Oh, so Pat won the game.
    No, not Pat either.
    Okay, I give up! So who DID win the game?
    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: when to use did

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Welcome to Using English!

    The normal was to ask this is "Who won the game?"

    You could use the "did' version if you want to be emphatic.

    Did Mary win the game?
    No.
    Did Jim win the game?
    No.
    Oh, so Pat won the game.
    No, not Pat either.
    Okay, I give up! So who DID win the game?
    Hi teacher,

    Is it correct to say this:

    "I do do".
    In order to emphasize I do.

    Thanks

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    Re: when to use did

    Quote Originally Posted by ysc1230 View Post
    Hi teacher,

    Is it correct to say this:

    "I do do".
    In order to emphasize I do.

    Thanks
    It's possible. "You should do your homework every day" "I do do my homework every day", for example.

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    Re: when to use did

    Therefore, we can emphasize in simple present tense sentence by using does or do and simple past tense sentence by using did.

    How about other tenses, is there any same pattern for other tenses?

    Thank you very much!

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    #6

    Re: when to use did

    The present and past simple are the only tense forms in English that do not require an auxiliary in the affirmative; we use DO as an auxiliary for stress. In all other tense forms we place the emphasis on the auxiliary that is already there.

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