introgative sentence

Status
Not open for further replies.
A

Anonymous

Guest
why did we come here ?
did is used to make introgative sentence.

why we came here i?s it correct sentence ?
what's the difference between these two sentences
 

Casiopea

VIP Member
Joined
Sep 21, 2003
Member Type
Other
Anonymous said:
why did we come here ?
did is used to make introgative sentence.

why we came here i?s it correct sentence ?
what's the difference between these two sentences

1) Statement: We came here.
2) Question: Why did we come here?

In 1), the verb "came" is in the past tense, and in 2), the verb "come" is in the present tense because the auxiliary "did" carries the past tense:

Present tense: come, do
Past tense: came, did

Question formation
Step 1 Input: We came here.
Step 2 WH-insertion: Why we came here?
Step 3 DO-insertion: Why do we came here?
Step 4 Tense transfer: Why did we come here?
Step 5 Output: Why did we come here?

The first verb always carries the tense: "did" carries the past tense and "came" becomes "come". :D

Hope that helped. :D
 

MikeNewYork

VIP Member
Joined
Nov 13, 2002
Member Type
Academic
Native Language
American English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
Anonymous said:
why did we come here ?
did is used to make introgative sentence.

why we came here i?s it correct sentence ?
what's the difference between these two sentences

"Why we came here" is not a complete sentence; it is a clause.

He wanted to know why we came here.

In this sentence it is a noun clause acting as the object of the infinitive "to know". :wink:
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top