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    #1

    didn't take or didn't took?

    Hello,
    I'll try to express myself the best, here.
    My issue is how to express my self in cases like this one:
    I didn't take/took any notes.
    The same goes for have along w/ an irregular verb :(
    Can you explain it to me?

    Sincerely,
    Filipe Rocha

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    #2

    Re: didn't take or didn't took?

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    Hello, Filipe-- and welcome to UE.

    The negative past is representated by did not (rather than present do/does not); the main verb does not change from the dictionary form:

    We didn't go last night.
    I didn't take notes.
    She didn't learn anything.


    What is your question about have?
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    #3

    Re: didn't take or didn't took?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Micawber
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    Hello, Filipe-- and welcome to UE.
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    Thank you very much. And nice to meet you Mister Micawber.
    I'll be here alot. I'm trying to improve my english skills. I read a lot in english. I even am starting to think in english. eheheh! Actually, sometimes I can't express myself in Portuguese, and I use English.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Micawber
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    The negative past is representated by did not (rather than present do/does not); the main verb does not change from the dictionary form:
    We didn't go last night.
    I didn't take notes.
    She didn't learn anything.

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    Got it, thanks.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Micawber
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    What is your question about have?
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    With "to have". Shall we say
    "I Haven't [taken/took] lessons."
    What is the tense we should use? Simple Past or Past Participle?
    Actually the all issue goes on this. When should we use either tenses?
    Thanks again.

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    #4

    Re: didn't take or didn't took?

    Welcome, ripnix.

    Quote Originally Posted by ripnix
    With "to have". Shall we say "I Haven't [taken/took] lessons." What is the tense we should use? Simple Past or Past Participle?
    HAVE + past participle
    have seen
    have taken
    have been
    have done

    HAD + past participle
    had seen
    had taken
    had been
    had done

    All the best.

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