When is it appropriate to use “did + verb” in a who-question?

I know that one can say “I did take the money” in order to stress the action. For instance, “You didn’t take the money, did you?” – “I did take the money! I told you already so many times.” But when is it allowed in who-questions, e.g. “Who did take the money?” Answer Bruce: The … Read more

What is the difference between who closed the door and who did close the door?

I was teaching past simple and there is this exercise in which we have to conjugate verbs to the past form. I know that we add an auxiliary to make a question, but do we sometimes omit this auxiliary for one reason or another. The question that made me wonder is with (who). Who did … Read more

Leonardo DiCaprio won / has won the oscar for Revenant?

Leonardo DiCaprio has won many awards and the most prestigious one is the Oscar for the best actor that he won/ has won for Revenant. Could we use Present perfect here, because here we are mentioning something that happened in the past without mentioning the exact time/year when he won the award? Answer Everyone (well, … Read more

Which is correct? Present perfect or simple past?

Which of these two is correct? Present perfect or simple past? The more I look at it the more I can’t decide: I’ve fallen in love with seafood around the time I found your channel. or: I fell in love with seafood around the time I found your channel. I also could use when instead … Read more

A small grammatical question, I’m confused!

Which sentence is correct? “Why did you go and told mom about us?” “Why did you go and tell mom about us?” I know that after “did”, the verb has to come as “simple form”, but when the sentence is long and follows with “and”, what happens to the second verb (after and) ? Does … Read more

Can I use simple present tense instead of past tense for recent events?

So, is this sentence can be use I am his teammate last match. (but we are not teammates this match now ) instead of I was his teammate last match If the last match’ve just ended recently Answer No, not really. The phrase “last match” locates the statement in the past, so the past tense … Read more

‘Are’ or ‘were’ examples (in the past)?

If a group of deceased persons stand out as a good example in the past, and that their example is definitely worth following now, do I say that they ‘were’ good examples to us; or do I say that they ‘are’ good examples to us ? Answer You would say they “are good examples” because … Read more

What’s the difference between “(Had he not made / If he didn’t make) a good impression, he wouldn’t be a star today”?

How should I complete this sentence? (Only with the options given) He wouldn’t be the star he is today ________ a good impression in his early life A. Had he not made B. If he didn’t make So, B is type II conditional and A is mixed type conditional. The answer sheet says A, but … Read more

Struggling with simple past/present perfect in “Author X (2016) showed/has shown”

In my research article, I have many phrases that go like “Author X (2016) showed/has shown that” “Author X showed/has shown 2016 that” “The authors (X & Y, 2016) stated/have stated in their article that” present perfect if the action was done in the past, but it does not matter when and already ended in … Read more

Why use the past simple tense in: “before I died”?

It’s The Simpsons Movie, again. Bart says this to Flanders right after he’s entered the church Flanders was in. Bart: Listen, I was wondering if before I died I could pretend I had a father who cared for me. Ned: Come here, son. There’s always room for one more in the Flanders clan. Wouldn’t it … Read more