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    Using "Did Have" in a sentence

    This is the sentence I used:
    "Some of the people at the party did have some redeeming qualities."
    I know I could have used "had," but wanted more emphasis. My friend tells me it smacks of poor grammar commonly used in the South. True? Thanks.

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    Re: Using "Did Have" in a sentence

    Hello Tekchik, welcome to UsingEnglish!

    In British English, it would be fine, if you did indeed want to emphasise the fact that they had some redeeming qualities:

    "Most of the people there were very dull. But some of them did have some redeeming qualities..."


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