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    Smile Did you ever .. VS Have you ever pp ...

    What is the difference between ' Did you ever lose yourself in the woods? ' and ' Have you ever lost yourself in the woods?' ?

    Thanks in advace.

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    Re: Did you ever .. VS Have you ever pp ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    What is the difference between ' Did you ever lose yourself in the woods? ' and ' Have you ever lost yourself in the woods?' ?

    Thanks in advace.
    There is no difference in perceived meaning. In BrE 'Have you ever lost.....'
    is better.

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    Re: Did you ever .. VS Have you ever pp ...

    Bhaisahab is exactly right: in AE, both mean the same thing and are about equal in frequency. In BE, only "have you" is good old-fashioned correct English.

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    Re: Did you ever .. VS Have you ever pp ...

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Bhaisahab is exactly right: in AE, both mean the same thing and are about equal in frequency. In BE, only "have you" is good old-fashioned correct English.
    How about in CE? Or is that close enough to AmE?

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    Re: Did you ever .. VS Have you ever pp ...

    In reality, we're one linguistic continent with regional variations. Fortunately, the Great Lakes area sounds standard to everyone. Peter Jennings, Alex Trebek, Ron Cochrane.... at one time about 10 years ago, 2/3 of the US networks had Canadians as their main news anchors... so I think AE / CE are essentially the same. Texas is far more different than Toronto from that perceived standard.

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