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    Confused

    Hi there...I know this might seem like a basic question but I've recently seen this text and my first instinct was to correct the person posting it, telling her the correct way is without the last 'ed' termination.

    Text : "maybe she didn't even noticed."

    I was sure the right way to say it is " maybe she didn't even notice", but then I started getting confused and I'm not sure anymore. I usually rely on instinct i guess, so I don't really remember the grammar rules...if it sounds right, i go with it (I know that's not the optimal solution, working on improving)..

    So could anyone shed some light on this problem ?!


    P.S. Sorry for any other mistakes I might have made in the post :D



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    Re: Confused

    You are correct. It should be "notice". If your friend had written "Maybe she hasn't even...", "noticed" would have been correct.
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 01-Sep-2015 at 20:36.

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    Re: Confused

    Thanks for the quick reply and clarification.

    If she would have used the form suggested by you, with "hasn't" that would have been perfect tense ? (just so i'm more clear)

    Thank you anyway

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    #4

    Re: Confused

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


    Hello, Pentzzz:

    I have great news for you!

    Just remember one super easy rule and you will NEVER make the same mistake again:

    After any form of the verb "do," one ALWAYS (no exceptions!) uses the base form of the verb (that is, the infinitive WITHOUT the "to.").


    1. She does not eat sugary foods.
    2. She did not eat sugary foods yesterday.

    3. The car does not go fast.
    4. The car did not go fast yesterday.

    Thus: She does not notice certain things. /She did not notice the problem yesterday.

    See how easy it is?

    I have noticed that many students make this mistake. Their mind tells them that "did" is past, so they think that they should use the past.
    They will say something like: "Did you saw that car yesterday?" Now, of course, you know that the verb should be see.

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    Re: Confused

    Hello, Pentzzz.

    Yes, it's called the present perfect tense.


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    Re: Confused

    Thanks for that TheParser Now it's definitely gonna be easier to remember which form is the correct one. You're right, when I saw the "did" it confused me and made me doubt whether I was right the first time or not.

    Thanks

    And tzfujimino, thanks for clarifying

    I appreciate the quick answers...thanks for the help guys

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    #7

    Re: Confused

    Hi Pentzz, and welcome to Using English.

    A couple things:
    Please give your threads good titles. Many people have a "Question" or are "Confused" or "Need help with a sentence" but those are not good thread titles. This one could have been called "didn't noticed" for example.

    Please don't use fake words like "gonna" - use the full form, "going to" (or want to instead of "wanna" etc.)

    But thank you for using correct capital letters and full sentences, with punctuation. It's amazing how many don't or won't, even after we ask them to!
    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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    #8

    Re: Confused

    I'm sorry for the title, didn't think it through when I posted. Put it on the account that this was my first post please

    Regarding the fake words, it's become a bad habit apparently but I'm going to start working on fixing it.

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