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Does vs Did

Linguistics is the scientific study of the human language. It started in the 4th century BC when China, India, and Greece developed their liturgical, logical, rhetorical, and grammatical languages. The 18th century ushered in the development of modern linguistics reaching its golden age in the 19th century.

It has three categories: the study of grammar or language form or structure; the study of semantics and pragmatics or language meaning, how they are structured in such a way that they effectively convey an individual’s thoughts; and language context which includes its evolution, history, how it is acquired by humans, and how they are processed in the brain and the mind.

Grammar governs how words are used to compose phrases, clause, and sentences. It provides the rules on how sentences are constructed by using the correct structure of words such as the subject-verb-object word order.

Verbs are important components of grammar and linguistics. They describe the state of being, and they convey action. There are several types of verbs, namely: regular and irregular, transitive and intransitive, finite and nonfinite, dynamic and stative, lexical, and auxiliary. Auxiliary verbs are also known as helping verbs; they accompany the main verb in a phrase or clause to help distinguish its voice, mood, aspect, and tense. They usually precede the main verb; examples are: am, are, be, can, has, is, may, shall, need, keep, dare, and do.

The word “do” is an auxiliary verb which means “to perform, commit, or carry out an action.” It has many forms depending on the tense in which it is being used in the word phrase or clause. The words “does” and “did” are two of its forms.

The word “does” is the simple present tense of the word “do.” It is used in the third person, and it is used only when referring to a single person. Examples are the following sentences:

“Joanna does need a helping hand right now.” Here, “Joanna” is the person being referred to, and it states that she needs help at present.

“May Belle does own a dog.” “May Belle” is the person being referred to here and that she owns a dog at present.
The word “did,” on the other hand, is the simple past tense of the word “do.” It is used in the first, second, and third persons and can be used when referring to a single person or to many persons. Here are some examples:
“I did clean my room.” (Single and in the first person.)
“Janice did finish the race ahead of everyone.” (Single and in the third person.)
“They did win the dance competition.” (Plural and in the third person.)


1.The word “does” is the simple present tense of the word “do” while the word “did” is the simple past tense of the word “do.”
2.The word “does” is used only when referring to a single person while the word “did” can be used when referring to a single or plural number of persons.
3.The word “does” is used only in the third person while the word did is used in the first, second, and third persons.

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