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    Question did hold out

    What does "did" role sentence below? Thanks in advance.

    Dr Alias, who kept his shirt firmly buttoned up yesterday, cited Robin Williams, Peter Sellers, the chess player Garry Kasparov and Charles Darwin as hairy men of high intelligence. In comparison, he said, "Look at Muhammed Ali: boxers are not at all hairy."

    He did hold out some hope for the smooth-skinned, however. "Men with plentiful body hair tend to be more intelligent, but there are also very intelligent men with little or no body hair. Albert Einstein had no body hair."
    Last edited by Arthur Schopenhauer; 10-Jan-2017 at 14:28.

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    Re: did hold out

    Can you tell us what the preceding sentence was?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: did hold out

    It's an auxiliary or "helping" verb that puts the sentence into the emphatic simple past.

    He held out some hope = simple past, He did hold out some hope = simple past, emphatic.

    I hope the text isn't serious. Speaking as a man copiously endowed with useless body hair, I'm clearly intelligent enough to recognize that there's no correlation between hirsutism and brains.
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    Re: did hold out

    Arthur, please cite the source and author (if known) of any text you quote.

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    #5

    Re: did hold out

    I attached the previous passage.

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    Re: did hold out

    Now it makes sense. The "did" is used for emphasis to show that the statement after it contradicts, to a certain extent, that which comes before it.
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    Re: did hold out

    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur Schopenhauer View Post
    What role does "did" role play in the sentence below?
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    Re: did hold out

    I'm trying to reconcile this theory of hirsutism with the theory of evolution, and have concluded that Neanderthals may have been savants who didn't go extinct, but merely developed space travel and left the planet. Also we've apparently gotten dumber as we evolved.

    There's surely a good sci-fi short story in there someplace.
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