Did

Status
Not open for further replies.

jack

Senior Member
Joined
Apr 24, 2004
He did not become a millionaire.
He did not became a millionaire.

Why is became wrong?
 
S

Susie Smith

Guest
jack said:
He did not become a millionaire.
He did not became a millionaire.

Why is became wrong?

To make the simple past negative, we put did not (didn't) before the infinitive (without to).

He saw the man. He did not see the man.
He went to school. He did not go to school.
He wrote a letter. He did not write a letter.
He had a good time. He didn't have a good time.
 

MikeNewYork

VIP Member
Joined
Nov 13, 2002
Member Type
Academic
Native Language
American English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
jack said:
He did not become a millionaire.
He did not became a millionaire.

Why is became wrong?

The verb "do" (past tense = did) is used as an auxiliary verb there; it is used with another verb in its base/infinitive form. When we place "do/does become" into the past tense, we change "do/does" to "did". We don't change "become" to "became". :wink:
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top