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"Did you ask anyone to help you?" I said, "...................................?"

a) Did you have anyone to help you?

b) Had you anyone help you

I go for 'b'. Am I right?

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The only way I can understand this is if the part "....?" is supposed to be a reiteration, in slightly different terms, of "Did you ask anyone to help you?". Is that how you understand it? It seems a slightly peculiar question, but on that basis:

(a) is possible.

(b) is theoretically possible but very strained. It would not be used in ordinary language, and may appear incorrect to some.

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The question maker wanted us to give an equivalent to this question: "Did you ask anyone to help you?". What is the right way to ask about an equivalent to such question?

Omar Ahmed

The question maker wanted us to give an equivalent to this question: "Did you ask anyone to help you?".

It is confusingly set out.

Omar Ahmed What is the right way to ask about an equivalent to such question?

I suppose just ask:

Which of the following questions is equivalent to "Did you ask anyone to help you?"?

"Did you have anyone to help you?" is compatible with "Did you ask anyone to help you?", but it is not exactly equivalent since it does not explicitly mention asking. The sentence with "have" can be used for the case when the person did not ask.

Note that there is a difference between "Did you have anyone to help you?" and "Did you have anyone help you?". The latter implies causation, which would typically be done through asking (or instructing) the other person to help.