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cause i'm always doubtful when to use "have" and "did"
For example: Why haven't you said it earlier
while Why didn't you said it ealier sounds perfectly right?
english is confusing i know.
TomerCan someone clear up when to use "have" and when "did"Why haven't you said it earlier?
When we use 'has' or 'have', the following verb has to be a past participle.
For example, We have eaten. ('eaten' is a past participle)
eat ate eaten
Why didn't you say (not 'said') it earlier?
When we use "did' or "didn't", the following verb must be one in the simple present tense.
say said said
Liat's explanation was very clear, I'm convinced that you'll find it neat and easy to comprehend.
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Liat, does the word 'earlier' imply a definite time?
I/You/They/We/She/He/It + didn't + a present simple verb
I didn't eat(not ate)
She didn't drink(not drank)
They didn't look(not looked)
Welcome abroad, ach sheli!
Liat, thank you very much for your comma-splice explanation, it was fantastic.
The Present Perfect Form:
Subject + have / has + past participle
> affermative> interrogative
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