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    #1

    I did say / I said

    Hi,

    1) I did say you all I knew.
    2) I said you all I knew.

    Could you explain what is the purpose of the helping verb did in first sentence? What is the meaning difference between both sentences?

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    Re: I did say / I said

    Where did you find these sentences? Neither one of them is correct as written, so I can't answer your question.
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    #3

    Re: I did say / I said

    Perhaps you mean:
    I did tell you everything I knew (about it).
    I told you everything I knew (about it).

    The second is standard. The first is insisting. Perhaps something like this:

    A: [after a long conversation] Well, that's about it.
    B: You said you'd tell me everything you knew about it.
    A: I did tell you everything about it!
    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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    Re: I did say / I said

    In affirmative sentences, we sometimes use do, does, did, followed by the bare infinitive of the main verb to express emphasis:

    1. I do love my job. (Present Simple)
    2. He does love his job. (Present Simple, third person singular)
    3. I did love my job. (Past Simple)

    Note: We use "say" and "tell" differently but that's another matter altogether.

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