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    #51
    What happened to you? <--correct? why?
    What happen to you? <--correct? why?

    What killed you? <--correct? why?
    What kill you? <--correct? why?

    What harmed you? <--correct? why?
    What harm you? <--correct? why?

    What brings you here? <--correct? why?
    What bought you here? <--correct? why?

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    #52
    What happened to you? <--correct- because whatever it was, it was in the past

    What happen to you? <--incorrect. In the present it would be 'happens' and it would need more context because it would be a repeated action- 'What happens to you when you get home late?'

    What killed you? <--correct? why? Correct, but why are you asking a dead person a question? They can't reply.

    What kill you? <--correct? why? Incorrect

    What harmed you? <--correct? why?
    What harm you? <--correct? why? Incorrect

    These examples are basically the same- the past makes sense in all of them. The present would require more context and would always have an 's' on the end.

    What brings you here? <--correct? why?
    What bought you here? <--correct? why?
    Both are cporrect- it depends on the timing of the question. I'd use the present when the person is just arriving and the past later on.


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    #53
    These examples are basically the same- the past makes sense in all of them. The present would require more context and would always have an 's' on the end.

    What brings you here? <--so this is incorrect? what do you mean by more context and always require a "s" in the end?

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    #54
    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    These examples are basically the same- the past makes sense in all of them. The present would require more context and would always have an 's' on the end.

    What brings you here? <--so this is incorrect? what do you mean by more context and always require a "s" in the end?
    What happens to you now?
    What kills you? (i.e. fills you with strong emotion)
    What harms you?
    What brings you here?

    Note, all the verbs end in -s.

    Verbs ending in -s agree in number with 3rd person subjects. Our subject 'What' refers to a 3rd person pronoun (it):

    I get fired is what happens to me now.
    It is what happens to me now. It = What
    What happens to you now?

    It kills you; It harms you; It brings you.

    All the best,


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    #55
    "It got changed." <--correct? why? what does this mean? how do i use this?
    "It gets changed." <--correct? why? what does this mean? how do i use this?

    "It got change." <--incorrect? why
    "It gets change." <--incorrect? why

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    #56
    "It got changed." :D Someone changed it.
    "It gets changed." :D Someone changes it routinely.
    "It got change." :( 'change' functions as a participle. It needs -ed)
    "It gets change." :( Same as above.


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    #57
    "I remember that I bought this car 5 years ago ." <---incorrect?
    "I remembered that I bought this car 5 years ago ." <---this is correct right?


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    #58
    Both are correct.

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    #59
    I agree.

    1. I remember (now) that I bought this car 5 years ago. :D
    2. I just then remembered that I (had) bought this car 5 years ago. :D

    (had) is optional.


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    #60
    I just then remembered that I (had) bought this car 5 years ago
    Can you use the past perfect here?
    E.g. http://teachers.englishclub.com/foru...ames;read=2333

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