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    was and did

    I'm a newbie here..
    and I just wanna ask what's the difference of did and was..
    well i know it's differnt but I don't know the explaination

    Why is

    the message didn't send wrong

    and the message was sent right?

    what's the reason behind this?

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    Re: was and did

    In "the message didn't send" the word "message" is the subject and "send" is the verb.

    But messages do not act. They are objects, not subject. People send messages. Messages are sent.

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    Re: was and did

    Quote Originally Posted by ANESALT View Post
    I'm a newbie here..
    and I just wannawant to ask what's the difference of between did and was..
    well I know it's different but I don't know the explanation.

    Why is

    the message didn't send wrong

    and the message was sent right?

    what's the reason behind this?
    Please understand that even your question(s) are subject to review and, in particular, please save your "wannas" and "gonnas" for emails to your friends.

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    Re: was and did

    However, you do raise a good question.
    The message did not get sent.
    The message was not sent.

    There is no real different in meaning.
    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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    #5

    Re: was and did

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Anesalt:

    (1) I believe that "The message was sent" is "right" because it is a complete sentence that everyone understands. If you said that to

    someone, s/he would understand that you want him/her to know that "someone sent the message."

    (2) I believe that "The message did not send" is "wrong" because it is NOT a complete sentence. If you said that to someone, s/he

    would look at you and ask, "Excuse me. 'Didn't send what?' " Then you would answer: "Oh, I'm sorry. I wanted to say that the

    message [that I sent to Mr. Smith] did not send the correct idea [that I wanted him to understand]."

    (a) Let's say that I sent this message to Mr. Smith: "I think that you would be happier at another job." (My idea: I want you to resign and

    find another job somewhere else.)

    (b) But when Mr. Smith read it, he replied: "You are mistaken. I am very happy here, and I want to stay here until I retire in 2040."

    As you can see, my message (in a letter, email, telephone call, face-to-face interview, etc.) did not send the idea that I had in mind.

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