Basic Grammar question

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Did you see that?

Where did you get that?

 

In the above senetnces, the verbs "see" and "get" are present tense even though I am talking about something that happened in past. I know the sentences are correct but I still don't know the exact reason/grammar rule for using present tense instead of past tense (saw and got).

If someone can explain the exact grammar rule for this and where all this rule is applicable, that will be helpful.

Thanks.

asked Jun 09 '13 at 23:06 wots New member

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The tense is determined by the 'helper', in this case, 'did'. The present tense would be 'Do you see that?'

link comment answered Jun 10 '13 at 00:31 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow
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Since you are asking now about something that happened in the  recent past  thus: I just saw (recent past) a shooting star, did you see it? (present). I (past) saw these incredible shoes at a sale this morning, you could probably get them (present) if you hurry. Think in terms of agreement.

link comment answered Jun 10 '13 at 04:45 Brother Dave Contributor
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With the auxliliary word do, does or did, an infinitive shoud be used.

Did you see?

Do you play?

Does she study?

link comment answered Jun 10 '13 at 09:55 Z. A. Jazley Contributor

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