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    #1

    He was not

    He didn't arrive till midnight.

    He was not arrived till midnight.

    I understand the 2nd sentence is incorrect. Am I right? If yes, then please let me know the reason behind it.

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    #2

    Re: He was not

    You are correct that the 2nd sentence is incorrect. "Arrive" is never used in the passive voice -- only the active voice.

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    #3

    Re: He was not

    Quote Originally Posted by suniljain View Post
    please let me know the reason
    I think the reason is that 'arrive' is an intransitive verb, but I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: He was not

    I understand the reason is that:

    If we use verb for the negative sentences and it relates to past then we always have to use "did". Am I correct?

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    #5

    Re: He was not

    I think we can also use the past tenses of 'be' and 'have' depending on tenses, but I am not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: He was not

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think we can also use the past tenses of 'be' and 'have' depending on tenses, but I am not a teacher.
    Can you please give an example?

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    #7

    Re: He was not

    Were you at the parade yesterday?
    Had they any idea about the program?

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    #8

    Re: He was not

    Whilst "Had they any idea about the program?" is grammatically correct, you are far more likely to hear "Did they have any idea about the program?" (in BrE, at least).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: He was not

    That would be true in AmE also.

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    #10

    Re: He was not

    **** I am not a teacher ****

    The "have you any" part reminded me of the nursery rhyme - "Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool?"

    I don't know if this is correct or not, but I had read somewhere that there is a slight difference between "have you got" and "do you have". If I ask the shopkeeper "have you got Parker pens?" and he says "no", it means he doesn't have them. But it is not clear if he does not have them in stock now or he does not carry that brand for sale. So, if I ask "but do you have them (usually)?" he may answer "yes" or "no".

    I am not sure if the following quote is verbatim:
    "Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to?" - Clarence Darrow

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