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 Post subject: Did and Do
PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2015 3:48 am 
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Hi Steve,

Please I will you go explain how to use these words correctly
Do and Did
Sometimes we make mistakes when using these two words for example

Did you later marry that beautiful girl in your former office
Do you later marry that beautiful girl in your former office

Do you know anything about the fight
Did you know anything about the fight

For me I think the word DID is use for asking a past tense event while DO is use for asking a present tense event but I'm still confused at times.


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 Post subject: Re: Did and Do
PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 5:59 pm 
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Hi,

I missed this question. I am sorry for a late reply. I will try to explain the difference between did and do.

In your example sentences, 'did' is correct in the first one, and 'do' is correct in the second one.

Did you marry that beautiful girl in your office? - You cannot ask "Do you." If you want to ask if you want to, you can say, "Will you marry that beautiful girl in your office?" or "Do you want to marry that beautiful girl in your office."

In the second example:

Do you know anything about the fight? - This is a correct question.

Did you know anything about the fight? - Although this is correct grammatically, it is not frequently used this way. There are some instances where you can ask this, but it is not common.

The main difference is that "did" is the past tense form of "do"

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