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If a question is starting with do,and the answer is describing some activity done in the past,the answer should start with does or did?Also tell me the difference between both?

asked May 16 '12 at 06:17 Nidhi New member

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If a question is asked using "do" the answer should not start with "do" or any form of it.  That would be asking another question.


"Do" is present simple (first person singular and plural, second person singular and plural, and third person plural to be precise.)

"Does" is the present simple conjugation of "do" in the third person singular.

"Did" is the past simple conjugation of "do" used for all persons, singular and plural.


"Do you enjoy swimming?"  (Present tense.)

"I do not.  I used to enjoy it, but I had an encounter with a shark when I was a teenager.  Now I am afraid of the water."  (I mixed present and past tenses in that answer.  I needed to use the past tense to describe why I do not like to swim.)

I could also say, "I did at one point in my life, but an encounter with a shark left me with a fear of the water."

The answer doesn't have to contain any form of "do".  "No.  I used to love to swim, but I encountered a shark when I was a teenager.  Now I am afraid of the water."


It is OK to mix tenses.  We are having a conversation in the present, but we need to use past tense verbs to describe events that happened in the past.  I hope this makes sense!

link comment answered May 16 '12 at 13:35 Jody M. Expert

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