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    Question Style vs Grammar

    The equivalent statement form of the question, "Had you a good time?" is "I had a good time". This is, from a linguistic (grammatical) point of view, correct. I use this example to serve for other similar structures as well (eg. "Have/Had..."). However, this sounds pompous and the more customary "Did you have a good time?" seems preferable; but, that would, according to my example, mean that the answer/statement form must be "I did have a good time". This effects a change of tone and force/analysis when 'corrected'.

    In summary the question-statement pairs can be given thus: "Did you..." - "I did..."; "Have/Had you..." - "I have/had...".

    Should we always follow this rule although doing so would result in changes of tone and emphasis?

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    Re: Style vs Grammar

    You could always answer "yes, I had a good time." You don't have to say "I DID have a good time."

    "Had you a good time?" is not a natural question in AmE.

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    Re: Style vs Grammar

    No, you should never follow that rule. Did you come up with it yourself?
    There is often parallelism in questions and replies, but not blind copying to the extent that it produces unnatural sentences.

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    Re: Style vs Grammar

    "Did you have a good time?" seems preferable; but, that would, according to my example, mean that the answer/statement form must be "I did have a good time".
    It wouldn't- there is no such rule. You could answer Yes, I did or Yes, I had a good time. Yes I did have a good time is possible, but less likely as there's no reason to use an emphatic form in answer to an open question.

    If you have a grammar book saying that this is a rule, it might be a good idea to get a new one. Had you a good time?, a form that sounds very unnatural nowadays, is not he same as Had you finished before they arrived? Questions with did will normally, but not always, be answered in the past tense, but that does not mean that the word did must appear in it.

    I use this example to serve for other similar structures
    I wouldn't- it's an exception that doesn't prove rules.

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